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Wednesday, December 07, 2011
This Week on 'Beyond the Edge' Radio: The 'Ghost Excavator' John Sabol
Eric & Lon welcome the 'Ghost Excavator' John Sabol as we discuss paranormal history and hauntings!
John Sabol is an archaeologist, cultural anthropologist, actor, and “ghost excavator”. He has many years of experience in all of these fields. In each, he has unearthed and engaged the manifestations of past presence that still continue to percolate in the contemporary environment of archaeological sites, in the belief systems of non-Western cultures, in his characters portrayed in film and on TV, and at haunted locations he has investigated.
As an archaeologist, he has unearthed past material remains in excavations and site surveys in England, Mexico, and at various sites in the United States (including Eastern South Dakota, the Tennessee River Valleys, and in Pennsylvania). His anthropological fieldwork includes the studies of “ghosts” and native cultural beliefs in the afterlife among various groups in Mexico (Mixtec, Zapotec, Lacandon, Nahuatl, and Otomi). His acting career includes “ghosting” performances of various characters and scenarios in more than 35 movies, TV shows, and documentaries. He has conducted“ghost excavations” (an archaeological ethnographic-theatrical approach embodied in the P.O.P. Theory) in England (Winchester), Germany (Frankfort), Mexico (Mexico City), at various sites throughout Pennsylvania (including Gettysburg, Ft. Mifflin, and Eastern State Penitentiary), New York, Virginia, Maryland, and in the cities of Knoxville (Tennessee), San Antonio (Texas), Santa Fe (New Mexico), New Orleans (Louisiana), and at abandoned sites in eastern South Dakota.
He has appeared in the A&E TV series, Paranormal State as an investigative consultant. He has written twelve books that include: Ghost Excavator (2007), Ghost Culture (2007); Gettysburg Unearthed (2007); Battlefield Hauntscape (2008); The Anthracite Coal Region: The Archaeology of its Haunting Presence (2008); The Politics of Presence:Haunting Performances on the Gettysburg Battlefield (2008); Bodies of Substance,Fragments of Memories: An Archaeological Sensitivity to Ghostly Presence (2009); Phantom Gettysburg (2009); Digging Deep: An Archaeologist Unearths a Haunted Life (2009); and The Re-Haunting(s) of Gettysburg: Ghost Archaeology and the Multiple Fields of Presence (2010); “The Haunted Theatre: Digging-Deeper into a Life in Ruins”(2011); and, “Digging-Up Ghosts” (2011). He is currently writing four other books on various haunting archaeologies. Books written by John G. Sabol at Amazon.com
His research proposal, “Ghost Excavations” was presented at the University of California, Berkeley, during the TAG (Theoretical Archaeology Group) Conference May 2011. He will be speaking at various archaeological conferences in the U.S. and abroad on “Ghost Archaeology” as well as lecturing at several paranormal conferences. He is the founder and co-director (along with Mary Becker) of T.H.A.T. (The Haunted Archaeological/Anthropological Theatre) Research Center. He specializes in “ghost excavations” on American Civil War battlefields and at historic sites containing multiple layers of cultural and ethnic occupations. He has a M.A. in Anthropology/Archaeology (University of Tennessee), and a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology (Bloomsburg University). He has also attended Penn State University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of the Americas (Cholula, Puebla, Mexico), and studied theatre and method acting in Mexico City. He can be reached at email@example.com. or his website at www.ghostexcavation.com