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Virtual Archaeology Conference: Arnold’s Bay Research Project

February 17, 2022 , 1:00 pm 4:00 pm

Director of Archaeology Chris Sabick conducting an underwater metal detecting survey in SCUBA gear

You are invited to Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s first ever Virtual Archaeology Conference. Join us on Thursday, February 17, 2022 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM as the Museum’s archaeology team and research partners present the latest research methods and new findings in our ongoing Arnold’s Bay Research Project. This virtual conference is free to attend, advance registration is required via Zoom Webinar.  

In 2020, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum was awarded a National Parks Service American Battlefield Protection Program grant to survey the Revolutionary War battlefield in Arnold’s Bay. At this site in 1776, General Benedict Arnold burned the remaining vessels of the American fleet to prevent their capture by the British during the last engagement in the northern theatre at the end of the 1776 campaign season. Research goals for this project were to use remote sensing techniques underwater and on land to define site boundaries and locate battlefield features. During the 2021 season, Museum archaeologists started survey work onsite, worked in collaboration with Stockbridge-Munsee Community and Abenaki leaders, and partnered with a Advanced Metal Detecting for the Archaeologist group to lead a course in metal detecting on the terrestrial portion of the battlefield.

This virtual conference will gather together some of the experts working on this research project to showcase findings, methodology, and collaborations, and to celebrate new archaeological research at this site since the last archaeological investigations in 1984–1988. There will be five presentations with brief time for comments and questions in between each, and the group will end the virtual conference with a live Q & A for all participants. This virtual conference will be presented on Zoom Webinars and is free to attend. Please register in advance to receive the direct conference link. For accessibility requests please contact us by email at info@lcmm.org or by phone at 802-475-2022.

Virtual Archaeology Conference Schedule:

Welcome and Introduction
Susan Evans McClure, Executive Director, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

The Arnold’s Bay Project: Introduction and Background
Christopher Sabick, Director of Archaeology and Research, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

The American Revolution Underwater: Methodologies for Mapping Battlefields in Lake Champlain
Edwin Scollon, Research Associate, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

View from the Shore: AMDA Collaborations at Arnold’s Bay and Beyond
Speaker to be announced soon!

Meaningful Tribal Consultation through Section 106: Connecting Past with Present through the Arnold’s Bay Project
Nathan Allison, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Stockbridge Munsee Community Band of the Mohican Indians

Analysis and Initial Findings: Material Culture from Arnold’s Bay
Cherilyn Gilligan, Assistant Director of Archaeology, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Live Q & A with Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Archaeology team
Christopher Sabick, Cherilyn Gilligan, Edwin Scollon and research partners

The Arnold’s Bay Project is funded by a grant from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP).

Image: Director of Archaeology and Research, Christopher Sabick, conducts an underwater metal detecting survey at the Arnold’s Bay site, 2021. Photography by Vince Franke.


February 17, 2022
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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