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Archeology of Firearms
Insights into the Human Past

Insights into the Human Past

March 11 - March 13, 2019

Springfield, MA

| $450

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Firearm artifacts

Firearm artifacts

Register Now with the Friends of NCPTT (3rd Party Registration)

NCPTT, the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, and the Friends of NCPTT are sponsoring the Archeology of Firearms.

Over the past several centuries, firearms technology burst onto world history.  Guns brought about massive changes in the scope and nature of human conflict. They dramatically altered economic adjustments and patterns across the world. Firearms became distinctive elements of regional material culture. It is not surprising that gun parts and ammunition are nearly ubiquitous in North American historical archeological assemblages. With thoughtful consideration, archeological residues of firearms usage can provide significant insights into the human past.

This workshop is being offered to discuss and demonstrate methods for studying firearms, firearm parts and ammunition components found in archeological contexts. The archeology of guns refers to the information, analytical techniques, and conceptual approaches that archeologists can use to understand the material residues of guns and use them to investigate important human behaviors that involved firearms use.


Problem oriented investigation of firearms offers archeologists a way to study of major aspects of recent human and international affairs.

Archeologists interested in firearms can both use and augment the analytical insights of collectors, police and military experts, and historians.

Archeological assessment of firearms must begin with the understanding that that they are technologically distinctive.

  1. Guns are complex but delicate systems, prone to failure and invariably involving complex supply chains as well as diverse tools and materials.
  2. As a projectile technology, firearms use begins one place, involves a down range transit, and impacts another spot.
1766 ball ammunition exit ballistic gel

1766 ball ammunition exit ballistic gel

Start date and time:  18 August 2020 at 8:30 am

End date and time: 20 August 2020 at 4:30 pm

Location: Springfield Armory, NHS, 1 Armory Square, Springfield, MA  01105, meeting will be in the classroom of the museum/visitors center.

Lodging address: Holiday Inn Express, 145 State Street, Springfield, MA  01103 (413) 285-8436.  Group Code: Archeology of Firearms  Group rate $105.00.  18-20 August 2020.   Please reserve rooms by early July 2020 to receive the group rate. Located 0.5 mile from the Springfield Armory

Contact:  Tad Britt (318) 521-5641 Tad_Britt@nps.gov

Tickets: Regular $450, student $225

No food or beverages are allowed in the classroom. If you require any ADA accommodations, please notify Tad Britt above.


Peter Bleed (Professor Emeritus, University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Joel Bohy (Skinner Auctions)
George Elmore (Fort Larned NHS)
Alexander MacKenzie (Springfield Armory NHS)
Douglas Scott (Adjunct Research Faculty, Colorado Mesa University)


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Register Now with the Friends of NCPTT (3rd Party Registration)Since workshops and conferences fill quickly, please sign up as early as possible. If you need to withdraw from an event, you must contact the organizer in writing via email at tad_britt@nps.gov or fax (318) 356-9119.

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March 11, 2019 @ 8:30 AM
March 13, 2019 @ 4:30 PM
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Tad Britt<br /><small>Insights into the Human Past</small>


Springfield Armory, National Historic Site<br /><small>Insights into the Human Past</small>
1 Armory Square, Springfield, MA 01105 United States
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(413) 734-8551
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Email: ncptt[at]nps.gov
Phone: (318) 356-7444
Fax: (318) 356-9119