Welcome to SCAVENGEOLOGY

It's all about SAVING HISTORY....

Join us as we learn our history by doing, and by scavenging the discarded items, as well as the important historical items, of our forefathers.  If we don't save our history now, and make an effort to educate ourselves, as well as our children, our soul as a country, and a region, will be lost forever.  And it's fun to play with drones, and metal detectors and stuff......

Recent Posts:

  • Scissors dug at the site of Fort Pillow
    At the start of chapter 29 of his Life on the Mississippi (1883), Mark Twain mentions passing by "… what was once the formidable Fort Pillow, memorable because of the massacre perpetrated there during the war … we must bunch Anglo-Saxon history together to find the fellow to the Fort Pillow tragedy." …
  • Old Jug found in The Fort basement Identified and Dated
    The old stoneware jug that was recently found in the basement of Byrnside's Fort / Willowbrook Plantation by Sam Hale, has been confounding me since it was discovered. Having at least some markings on it, it should be capable of identification. …
  • Some preservation work on 18th century knives, spoons, and thimbles from Byrnside’s Fort
    This was an old knife found in the yard. Fortunately it still had a little bit of the bone handle with the cross cut design on it. Those get really crumbly and want to fall off. Moreover, it's difficult to restore/preserve the iron portion of the knife without destroying the bone. I did my best though, and glued the bone to the tang, and also put a sealant on it to stop any further crumbling. …
  • Travel chest lock mechanism from Walnut Grove Plantation, an old stirrup, and a wrought iron spoon?
    With all of the quarantining going on, I was able to get a little preservation work in on some items which really needed it. First is this really cool lock mechanism from some sort of old chest, or trunk, or strong box. This was found at historic Walnut Grove Plantation just outside Union, W. Va. I wish I knew the story behind it. It cleaned up really nicely. …
  • Epic NY History Find: 1768 Anthony Van Schaick document, to go with the Anthony Van Schaick Flintlock Fowler
    Another epic, at least to me, document find during this period of near-apoloclypse. The scavenging must go on. This is a 1768 deed from Anthony Van Schaick, his wife, Christina Van Schaick, and what seems to me to be Anthony's elderly father, Goosen Van Schaick, for a whole lot of land in the area of upstate New York known as the "Half Moon" which was deeded to the Van Schaick family in the 17th century. It's roughly located in the area known as the "Sprouts of the Mohawk River." This is where the Mohawk goes over a large falls, and sprouts into separate channels, going around several islands, at the confluence with the Hudson River. …