Digging-Deep: An Archaeologist Unearths a Haunted Life

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AuthorHouse, Sep 25, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 252 pages
"Digging-Deep" is an excavation of the archaeological site called "John Sabol". It is an unearthing of the author's memory of experiences ofpast presences that cuts across space, time, and culture. Water, mining operations, dust and dirt, dogs and wolves, and ghosts are seen as important features that are re-covered from these memory excavations. Some of the re-called practices that are unearthed include an alternative remembrance of "trick or treat", the multiple symmetrical worlds of history, myth, and ghosts in Winchester, England, the haunting nature of archaeological excavations and field surveys, the actor's encounters with more than a filmed "death scene", and a search for a legendary monster in Arkansas. All of these memories are perceived as symetrically-interrelated though they originate in different places. They are viewed as a form of "theatrical ghosting", a resonating element that unfolds time, as events and activities are framed by their contemporary significance in the author's life. In this process of excavation, a re-curring haunting drama manifests in the life of this archaeologist, who also happens to be a cultural anthropologist, actor, and "ghost excavator".
 

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Contents

A Introduction
1
The History of NonCalendrical Memories
7
The Beginning of the Haunting
8
Early Encounters with Contemporary and Past Presence
52
The First Excavations
78
The Theatrical Ghostings
150
Symmetrical Performances in the Role of a Ghost Excavator
169
A Memory of Encounters with Ghosts
195
H Tomorrow
207
Summary
210
Bibliography
215
About the Author
219
Back Cover
223
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John Sabol is a cultural anthropologist, archaeologist, actor, and "ghost excavator". He has extensive fieldwork experience in all of these areas. This includes ethnographic fieldwork in Mexico, and archaeological excavations and surveys in England, Mexico, Tennessee, and South Dakota. He has appeared in more than 35 films, TV shows, "soaps", and commercials. He has done post-production film work in "Dune" (1984), and "Conan the Destroyer" (1984). He has conducted "ghost excavations" at Gettysburg, in the anthracite coal region of Northeastern Pennsylvania, at Eastern State Penitentiary and Ft. Mifflin in Philadelphia, and at various other sites in Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and New York. He has recently appeared in two episodes of the A&E series, "Paranormal State". He taught Anthropology, Sociology, Tourist Planning and Development, and English for 11 years in Mexico. This is his 9th book. His other books include "Ghost Excavator" (2007), "Ghost Culture" (2007), "Gettysburg Unearthed" (2007), "Battlefield Hauntscape" (2008), Anthracite Coal Region" (2008), "Politics of Presence" (2008), "Bodies of Substance, Fragments of Memories" (2009), and "Phantom Gettysburg" (2009). He has a MA in Anthropology/Archaeology from the University of Tennessee, and a B.A. in Sociology from Bloomsburg University. For more information on his books and investigations please see his websites: www.theghostexcavator.com,www.myspace/ghostexcavator.com, and http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeoqapc/ghostexcavator. You can contact the author at cuicospirit@hotmail.com.

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