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Cultural and Historic Preservation

Marcoux and colleagues receive Patty Jo Watson Award

Dr. Jon Marcoux, associate professor and coordinator of the Noreen Stonor Drexel Cultural and Historic Preservation Program, received the 2018 Southwestern Archaeological Conference’s Patty Jo Watson Award for best article or book chapter on southeastern archaeology.

“A Seventeenth-Century Trade Gun and Associated Collections From Pine Island, Alabama” was published in the 2017 issue of Southeastern Archaeology. Co-authored by Marvin Smith from Valdosta State University, Erin Grendell from Yale Peabody Museum and Gregory Waselkov from the University of South Alabama, the article was selected from a pool of 22 nominations.

McMahon’s monologue featured in “Talking Statues Dublin” initiative

During a semester abroad in Ireland, Michaela McMahon– a double major in English literature and cultural and historic preservation – wrote a monologue that won an open competition to tell the story behind one of Dublin’s most popular statues, that of folk hero Molly Malone. Those who visit the statue of Molly can use a scannable QR code to hear her story told through the words of McMahon.

"In our cultural and historic preservation program, part of what we study is heritage management and how we can make cultural resources interesting to the public," McMahon said. "Literature and creative writing have played important roles too, because you are influenced by the authors you learn about while developing your own writing style, academically and creatively."

$96K grant funds new preservation initiatives

A $96,000 grant from the Southeastern New England Educational and Charitable Foundation is funding student projects at two historic mill sites in Rhode Island, expanding our 3D digital documentation capabilities, launching an annual public lecture series and helping to establish six paid internships for students.

“The perfect fit of the mission of the foundation and the goals of Salve’s cultural and historic preservation program was uncanny. This was a concord of two like-minded groups who were both excited about reaching the same goal,” said Stephen Leal Jackson, a director of the foundation who received his Ph.D. in humanities from Salve Regina in 2015.

Archaeological field school returns to Rhode Island

After several years in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, our annual summer field school in archaeology returned to Rhode Island in 2017 to explore the unique historical and cultural landscapes of South County and Newport.

Participants focused on the site of an 18th century plantation in North Kingstown to learn more about the daily lives of the enslaved people who lived and worked there. “Because archaeology is a hands-on field, we will literally be uncovering the remains of these folks’ daily lives – the tools they used, the plates they ate from, the bottles and cups they drank from,” said assistant professor Dr. Jon Marcoux.

Students complete battlefield analysis for National Park Service

In collaboration with the Middletown Historical Society, our students completed an investigative analysis of the Siege of Newport, a 1778 battle that became one of the largest military operations of the American Revolution. The historic effort to retake Newport was the first joint military operation of the newly formed alliance between the French and the Colonials.

The 365-page document is the first in-depth analysis of the battlefield that could very well have been the site where the Revolutionary War was won. The research was commissioned by the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program.

$39K grant funds site documentation for Sadkeche Fight

A $39,000 grant from the National Park Service is funding our program’s efforts to conduct site documentation for the Sadkeche Fight, a battle associated with the little-known Yamasee War (1715-1717) in South Carolina. The grant gives our students an opportunity to substantially contribute to a real world, federally funded preservation project.

“No one has ever located a battlefield from the Yamasee War, and unlike the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, we do not have a great deal of historical records to rely upon,” said assistant professor Dr. Jon Marcoux. “There is a lot of work to do, and Salve students will play a central part in the project.”