2020 Barton Grant Recipient: Sean Norman

The $500 annual US Army Ret. Lt. Col. Cornelius W. Barton Military Project Grant was awarded to Sean Norman. He is the acting Executive Director of Gulf Archaeology Research Institute (GARI) of Crystal River, Fl and he is working on a number of Second Seminole Indian War sites in central Florida. GARI has done a great deal of work locating and advising the reconstruction of Fort King in Ocala, Fl. As with most conflict archaeological sites, Seminole War battle areas usually cover much ground. Accurate data collection is problematic when working in large open-field farm areas . Because he has a very limited budget, Sean applied for the grant to purchase a Garmin hand-held GPS to improve the accuracy of mapping artifact locations. BRAVO found this to be a very noteworthy request and selected Sean as the 2020 recipient. Congratulations Sean!

Sean Norman (left) receiving the US Army Retired Lt. Col. Cornelius W. Barton Military Project Grant check from Dan Sivilich, President of BRAVO, at Fort King with proper social distancing!

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NOTE: Due to COVID-19, all BRAVO meetings at Tennent Church (Old Scots’ Hall) in Englishtown, NJ has been CANCELLED until further notice.

All future BRAVO meetings at Tennent Church (Old Scots’ Hall) in Englishtown, NJ are on hold due to the corona virus pandemic.

Next tentative meeting dates are:

  • TBD
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BRAVO AT THE 2019 NJ STATE HISTORY FAIR

BRAVO’s participation in the 2019 NJ State History Fair at Monmouth Battlefield State Park on September 14th was a huge success. We demonstrated the basic concepts of battlefield archaeology to both children and parents.

BRAVO volunteers took the children to a designated area to find and recover “artifakes” which are musket balls that were actually fired, but by re-enactors in past years live round firelock competitions.

These bullets have been in the ground for many years, so they looked like real artifacts. After the artifake was recovered, BRAVO’s Surveyor General, Eric Sivilich, would measure its exact location using an RTK (super accurate GPS).

The participants were then directed to take their artifake back to the BRAVO booth to have them weighed to determine the original caliber and then, using the longitude and latitude coordinates from the RTK, each artifake position was plotted into a GIS (Geographic Information System) by Dana Linck (BRAVO VP and Professional Archaeologist), the participants and their parents could see exactly where their artifake was found in relation to other artifakes found that day. As the day went on, the mapped points increased thus showing the location of the mock battle.

Once the weighing and mapping was completed, each child received a Junior Archaeologist certificate:

Many thanks to all of the BRAVO volunteers for making this day possible. Photos by Ken Amann and Jeff Sayre.

BRAVO AT ITS BEST
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