Panel discussion addressed how the black market trade of antiquities and illicit excavation tactics affect archaeological practices.

The College of Charleston and SAFE co-hosted an in-depth panel discussion with local specialists from the areas of Mesoamerican, North American, and Mediterranean archaeology. Discussants addressed how the black market trade of antiquities and illicit excavation tactics affect archaeological practices. The panel focused on experiences in the field and solutions for change. This event coincided with Archaeology week at the College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina.

Members of the panel:

Ron AnthonyRon Anthony received his master’s degree in anthropology through the University of South Carolina in 1989. While in Grad School, he participated as a field supervisor on archaeological projects in Ireland and Peru. Originally trained in southeastern US prehistoric archaeology, his research interests since the late 1970s have focused on plantation archaeology, particularly that of slave communities. He has been a staff archaeologist at The Charleston Museum since 1989 and an adjunct professor at the College of Charleston since 1990, previous to which he worked for twelve years in cultural resource management archaeology.

Maria Jacobsen Maria Jacobsen is a Danish archaeologist with 26 years of experience in terrestrial as well as nautical archaeology. She has conducted fieldwork on archaeological sites in northern Europe, the Near East and the United States. Currently Jacobsen is the Senior Archaeologist and Excavation Manager for the Hunley Project. In this capacity she has supervised the design and construction of the Warren Lasch Conservation Center, a state of the art conservation laboratory and is responsible for planning and directing the excavation of the Civil War submarine H. L. Hunley and related scientific studies.

James Newhard

James Newhard received his Ph.D. in Classical Studies from the Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati. He holds an MA in Classics from that same institution, and Bachelors Degrees in Classical Languages and Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Missouri – Columbia. He is currently the field director for the Göksu Archaeological Project in Turkey, and Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Archaeology at the College of Charleston.

Eric Poplin

Eric Poplin has extensive experience with cultural resource management studies in the Southeast. He is well versed in studies of both the prehistoric and historic periods, and has completed a large number of cultural resource projects. Recent projects have involved data recovery excavations at the 1750s-1860s Anson Barony/Baynard Plantation House and portions of the 1920s’ Wilson Mansion and Settlement at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, a Late Mississippian/Contact era hamlet/farmstead on Daniel Island in Charleston, and a stratified Late Archaic/Early Woodland site near Fish Dam Ford on the Broad River in Piedmont South Carolina. Dr. Poplin serves as a company Vice President in the Charleston office of Brockington.

Barbara Borg received her Doctor of Philosophy (Anthropology) from the University of Missouri-Columbia in1986. Her dissertation focused on the ethnohistory of the Sacatepéquez Cakchiquel Maya, ca. 1450 -1690 A.D. Dr. Borg specializes in Latin American ethnohistory, historical archaeology of Mesoamerica, U.S. Midwest and the U.S. Southeast, the archaeology of complex societies/Mesoamerican Archaeology, cultural ecology/historical geography, and the anthropology of gender.