Mini-conference on the archaeology of POWs

georgia_southern_logoPlease join the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Georgia Southern Museum, and the Department of History for “Captive Warriors: The History and Archaeology of POWs,” a half-day lecture series, on Tuesday, March 12, at Georgia Southern University.

The mini-conference will feature three speakers from Georgia Southern – historians Brian Feltman and Michael Van Wagenen and archaeologist Lance Greene. Special guests include David Bush of Heidelberg University, the lead archeologist from Johnson’s Island, Ohio (a Union prison camp for captured Confederate officers), and historian John Derden, the author of The World’s Largest Prison: The Story of Camp Lawton. Event lectures will focus on the experiences of prisoners of war from the Civil War through World War I, with special emphasis on Civil War prisons.

“Captive Warriors” events begin in the auditorium of the Nessmith-Lane Building on the Georgia Southern’s campus. From 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Feltman, Van Wagenen, Bush and Greene will present. At 5:30, there will be a short recess and intermission, during which attendees will be able to purchase copies of the presenters’ books. Those interested in buying books are asked to bring cash or check. Derden’s lecture will begin at 5:45.

Immediately following the presentations, a book signing and reception will be held at the Georgia Southern Museum. A graduate student from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology will serve as a docent for the Camp Lawton exhibit, and museum admission will be waived for the evening.

Presentation titles include “A Different Sort of Battlefront: Surrender and Wartime Captivity from the Civil War to the Great War,” “Rivals No Longer: Improving History through Archaeology,” “Unearthing Camp Lawton: Recent Discoveries and Future Research,” “Twenty-five Years of Historic/Archaeological Research at Johnson’s Island,” and “The Resurrection of Camp Lawton.”

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Peggy Hargis, chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Access a flyer for the conference by clicking here.