Doug Scott is known as one of the founders of battlefield archeology, a discipline that traces its roots to the battlefield at Montana’s Little Big Horn River. As Chief of the Rocky Mountain Division, Midwest Archeological Center of the National Park Service, Doug organized a survey along with archeologist and author Richard A. Fox, after a prairie fire in 1983 exposed much of the battle site for study. Their innovative work there was the subject of a BBC documentary in the series “Battlefield Detectives,” which aired in the United States on the History Channel in 2006. The analytical techniques pioneered at the Little Big Horn revolutionized historians’ views of that famous 1876 battle. For his work there and elsewhere, Doug was awarded the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Distinguished Service Award in 2002.
The archeological and forensic methods Doug has mastered over the last quarter-century have modern relevance. Since the 1990s, Doug has worked with the United Nations and various human rights organizations in El Salvador, Croatia, Rwanda and Cyprus, and most notably in Iraq. In 2006, Doug testified as an expert in the trial of Saddam Hussein and others accused of war crimes arising out of the so-called Anfal Campaign against the Kurdish people in 1986-1988. As in the case of his examinations of battlefields in the American West, Doug’s work on the international scene focuses on archeology and ballistics to unravel the tragic consequences of human conflicts.
Doug received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Colorado in 1972. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Doug is a past president of the Society for American Archeology. He has published widely in his field of battlefield archeology, and lectured at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, Cambridge University in England, the University of Glasgow, Scotland, The Archeological Conference of Central Germany, the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis, the Colorado Historical Society, the New York Archeological Society, the National Archives, and other prestigious institutions.
Steve Dasovich is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Archeological Research Program at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. In addition, Steve has charge of an archeological project centered on the Nathan Boone home in St. Charles, where Daniel Boone spent his last years. Previously, he directed a cultural resource management division for a regional engineering firm for ten years, directing projects in thirteen states. He has served multiple elected positions on the board of directors of the Missouri Association of Professional Archeologists, and recently completed a six year stint on the board of directors of the American Cultural Resources Association. Currently, he is serving as a commissioner on the St. Louis County (Missouri) Historic Buildings Commission, and is a series co-editor of the Society for Historical Archeology’s CRM Publication Program.
Steve has extensive experience in underwater archeology, teaching underwater research courses and conducting projects in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Missouri. Other areas of specialty include the hunter-gatherers of the Northern Plains, and late-Colonial/Early American periods in Missouri. In 2011, his survey in St. Charles, Missouri, resulted in the first direct evidence of the city’s French-Canadian founder, Louis Blanchette.
Steve’s experience in the field of battlefield archeology began in 2001, with a series of projects associated with the Battle of Pilot Knob, Missouri (1864). He has been involved in a lead role in each of the battlefield surveys organized by Missouri’s Civil War Heritage Foundation, beginning with the Centralia survey in 2006. In connection with these projects, Steve has appeared in numerous national media outlets including the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, National Public Radio, and the National Geographic website, and in many local and regional print, radio, and television pieces.
Mike Duncan, Arrow Rock, Missouri, first became involved in historic site management at Missouri’s Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site. Later, Mike served as the first Historic Site Manager at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farmstead Historic Site, Olathe, Kansas (1982 – 1991). There, Mike was instrumental in the establishment of the Santa Fe Trail Association, and was a member of the first Board of Directors of that Association when it was organized in 1986. In 1983, he helped form the Oregon-California Trails Association and was one of its original charter members. Mike was a board member of Olathe Convention & Visitors Bureau in 1987. He is a recipient of the Kansas Preservation Award. He has served for many years, in numerous capacities, assisting Missouri’s Civil War Heritage Foundation in establishing Civil War driving trails in mid-Missouri, and currently serves on the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
A resident of Arrow Rock for the past twenty years, Mike has operated a construction business specializing in historic building restoration and reconstruction, and also (2002-2008) operated Arrow Rock’s historic J. Huston Tavern (established in 1834). In 1996, as the bicentennial of the Lewis & Clark Expedition approached, Mike piloted a replica keel boat that plied the Missouri River to promote the event. He was instrumental, along with wife Mary, in founding the Manitou Bluffs Mid-Missouri Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation in 1998.
Mike has long been involved in archeology surveys and research projects. His experience dates to 1976, when he was involved in his first survey, under the guidance of Dr. Robert Bray of University of Missouri. Mike organized and managed the original survey of the Mahaffie site in 1988, then the largest public participation archeology project in Kansas history.
Greg Wolk is a St. Louis lawyer. A lifelong student of Civil War history, Greg was first involved in promoting Missouri Civil War tourism when he was appointed (in 2000) a member of a Committee of the Missouri Tourism Commission charged with exploring the tourism potential of the Civil War sesquicentennial. After the Committee presented its report, Greg and two other Committee members founded Missouri’s Civil War Heritage Foundation in order to continue the work of the Committee. The Foundation was organized as a Missouri Non-Profit corporation in June, 2001.
In 2010, Greg released a book, Friend and Foe Alike: A Tour Guide to Missouri’s Civil War, which details 235 existing Civil War sites in Missouri, and provides historical context and point-to-point driving instructions to all of the sites. Now in its second edition, the book has sold more than 3,000 volumes. Publishing rights are owned by the Foundation.
Greg is a graduate of the New York University School of Law (J.D. 1975).
Tom Thiessen is a retired National Park Service archeologist. After more than 33 years with the Service’s Midwest Archeological Center, Interagency Archeological Services-Denver office, and the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site in North Dakota, he retired in 2006 and currently resides near Pleasant Dale, Nebraska. His professional interests focus principally on the fur trade of the Northern Plains region and the history of Plains archaeology.
Tom has served as chief historical consultant for the team that conducted the investigations of the Centralia battlefield site (2006-2007), the Battle of Boonville (2009), the Battle of Marshall (2010), Action at Shut-In Gap (Ironton, Missouri, 2011), the Battle of Moore’s Mill (2013) and other archeology projects sponsored by Missouri’s Civil War Heritage Foundation. Tom also participated in the archeology survey of the site of “Fort Africa” near the battlefield of Island Mound, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in 2008.