Poster for the Archaeology Institute of America lecture, April 5, 2015

AIA lecture, April 5, 2015 with Dr. David Bush

Archaeological Institute of America

Dickinson College is home to the South Pennsylvania Society chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America, and each year sponsors two lectures, one during the fall semester and one during the spring semester. 

Lectures begin at 6:30pm, and are held in Denny Hall, room #317.

These lectures are free and open to the public.

2014-2015 Lecture Schedule:


April 2, 2015

"The Archaeology of Escape, Survival, or Assimilation-PoW choices"

Lecturer:  David R. Bush, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, Heidelberg University

Historical and archaeological evidence from the Johnson's Island Civil War Military Prison (Sandusky Bay, Lake Erie, Ohio) allows examination of the choices PoWs had during the American Civil War. Over 10,000 Confederate Officers were imprisoned at this island between 1862 through 1865. Newly confined Confederate officers had to cope with thoughts about survival, escape, or assimilation. This well illustrated presentation summarizes the results of twenty-five years of research exploring prisoners attempting to cope with these choices through the archaeological and historical records. The archaeological record provides the untold story of PoW existence and the historical accounts help tell their story in their own words.

Short bibliography and website on lecture topic:

Bush, David. I Fear I Shall Never Leave This Island: Life in a Civil War Prison. University Press of Florida, 2011
Bush, David. "Doing Time-How Confederate POWs weathered captivity," in The Archaeology of War, Mark Rose ed. 2005
Bush, David.  "Interpreting the Latrines of the Johnson's Island Civil War Military Prison," Historical Archaeology. 34(1):62:78.. 2000.
Frohman, Charles. Rebels on Lake Erie. Columbus, Ohio-Ohio Historical Society, 1965.

Website:  Johnson's Civil War Military Prison