CAIRNs Peter Campbell and Chris Begley Hold Archaeological Field School

underwater field schoolFrom June through August 2013, Dr. Chris Begley and Peter Campbell led two archaeological field schools in Croatia, Montenegro, and Albania. Peter Campbell is CAIRN’s underwater archaeologist and Chris Begley is on the advisory board.  This is the second year that Chris and Peter have taught field schools in the Balkans, a rich karst region.  The course is designed to expose students to a variety of archaeological site types they might encounter as professionals, including caves.

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CAIRN Documents a St.Louis Brewery Cave

In 2011, CAIRN conducted an archaeological survey of an undisclosed historic brewery cave beneath St. Louis, Missouri.  Artifacts (such as the bottle neck fragments seen in the photo) were documented along with several archaeological features, and brewery architecture.  Historically, St. Louis was a major site for the development of  American beer and prior to mechanical refrigeration, caves were used for lagering and cool storage.  CAIRN has been working with cave specialists and architectural historians to help preserve the history these caves hold.  They represent a time of great change and innovation in St. Louis history. To read more about this archaeological survey, support CAIRN by becoming a sponsor.

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XRF Artifact Analysis of Wilson’s Creek Battlesite.

This film is sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council. In June 2011 the C.A.I.R.N. research team visited the Center for Archaeological Research, Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. The research team examined artifacts using the portable x-ray fluorescence spectrometer (pXRF). The film is a recent interview with Neal Lopinot, Research Director, regarding the analysis results.

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New FIlm Trailer! Beyond the World Beneath, sequel to Footsteps Into The World Beneath

Beyond the World Beneath takes a further examination of a Missouri cave with evidence of prehistoric activity.  As a follow-up to Footsteps into the World Beneath, the sequel explores never before seen footage of prehistoric impressions on muddy ledges and lower passages along with analysis of crude images by use of a portable x-ray fluorescence unit.  There are also interviews from archaeologists regarding the finds made in the cave since the entrance collapsed.  The film ends with analysis of raw footage by a fourth grade class taught by Dr. Samantha Miller Anth.  The film is sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council and produced by Cave Archaeology Investigation Research Network in partner with Triptone Productions.

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CAIRN Utilizes portable x-ray fluorescence spectrometer (pXRF) in Spain

Field Update: Dr. Chris Begley (Transylvania University), Peter Campbell (CAIRN), Larry Hassebrook (University of Kentucky),  and Eli Crane (University of Kentucky) are currently investigating archaeological sites in Spain using the portable x-ray fluorescence spectrometer (pXRF) that was provided by Olympus Innov-X to test the elemental composition of some material in the large mortuary cave in Menorca, Spain.

This research was made possibly through a grant from The Missouri Humanities Council with support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.  Additional thanks to Olympus for loan of the portable x-ray fluorescence spectrometer (pXRF).

 

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CAIRN Collaborates with Archaeologist John Kelly of Washington University

In May 2011, CAIRN was invited by John Kelly to use the pXRF scanner that is under loan from Olympus, to analyze basalt samples from a site near Cahokia Mounds to those from a region near Lake Superior in Canada.  This elemental analysis may tell John if the basalt came from a local source within Mo. or hails from glacial erratics deposited long ago in the region.

This was the first test of the new Olympus Innov-X Delta pXRF by the CAIRN team. Washington University is a well-known research university located in St. Louis, Missouri.

This research was made possible through a grant from The Missouri Humanities Council with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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CAIRN receives research grant from the Missouri Humanities Council!

CAIRN is proud to announce a recent grant through Missouri Humanities Council! This grant will be used to help fund the Portable XRF scanner by Olympus, which CAIRN will use to perform on the spot analysis of parent materials from rock art to artifacts. The pXRF (portable/handheld X-Ray Florescence) was acquired through a grant from Olympus, awarding us temporary 4 month use of the equipment. The pXRF is a valuable tool for many samples of archaeological importance – metallic artifacts like coins, construction materials such as tiles, and mortars; and decorative pigments used on pottery and in rock art. The quick analysis times of this non-destructive, portable instrument make it ideal for archaeology. The number of samples that must be removed for later analysis at a laboratory is minimized because many more analyses can be done in situ. Should be exciting work!
http://www.olympus-ims.com/en/applications/portable-gps-xrf-protocols-field-archaeology/

http://www.mohumanities.org/

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Click Here to Watch CAIRN at Work!


CAIRN in the field in August 2010.

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See CAIRN in Action in Recent Documentary

Watch the film documenatry ‘Footsteps into the World Beneath’ online for free!

Watch CAIRN collaborate with cave specialists, engineers and archaeologists trying to figure out what happened in a Missouri cave 600 years ago.

The cave yielded prehistoric footprints, rock art and more!

The film was directed and Produced by Emmy award winner and St.Louis Public Radio’s Christian Cudnik (www.triptone.com).

See it here on The Archaeology Channel:  http://www.archaeologychannel.org/content/video/footsteps.html

CAIRN would like to thank the Missouri Humanities Council and Phelan Foundation for their support to help make the research for this film possible.

2011/30 minutes

 

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Footsteps into the World Beneath Documentary Premiere

Footsteps into the World Beneath (documentary)

CAIRN welcomes you to attend the documentary premiere of Footsteps into the World Beneath. The film will premiere March 1, 2011 (7pm) at The Missouri History Museum in Forest Park.

The film was produced and directed by NPR’s Emmy award winning Christian Cudnik (triptone.com) and follows CAIRN as we investigate a cave in Missouri that yields footprints, rock art, and more.

Join us for this fascinating journey below Missouri!

CAIRN would like to thank the Missouri Humanities Council and Phelan Foundation for their support to help make the research for this film possible.

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