The Fort Meigs Bentley Lecture Series
"A Tale of Two Horses: The Horse Burials at Fort Meigs"
Mr. Bill Pickard, archaeologist, will present A Tale of Two Horses: The Horse Burials at Fort Meigs" on Thursday, April 18th at 7:30 p.m. in the Fort Meigs visitor center. The presentation is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. This lecture is part of our Sixty Years War for the Great Lakes Series.
In the early 2000s, Fort Meigs was shut down to undergo a rebuilding of the reconstructed fort and the building of a new visitor center. An archaeological study was conducted as part of the project. During the study the burial site of two horses was discovered, the first of its kind on a War of 1812 Battlefield. Mr. Pickard, the lead archaeologist on the study, will explain to us how the horses came to be discovered, what that tells us about the battle, and who quite possibly to whom the horses may have belonged. We look forward to "uncovering" the mystery of the horse burials at Fort Meigs.
Bill Pickard has been involved in archaeology for nearly 30 years and has done extensive fieldwork on a wide variety of prehistoric and historic archaeological sites. Although he has worked primarily in Ohio he has also excavated on sites in New York, West Virginia, Illinois and Washington State. In Ohio he has been involved in still ongoing archaeological investigations at several major Hopewell geometric earthwork sites in the Ross County area, at Serpent Mound in Adams County and at the Newark Earthworks in Licking County. He was also involved in excavations at the site of Ft. Laurens, Ohio's only Revolutionary War fort near Canton, at Ft. Meigs (actually a year and a day during reconstruction) a War of 1812 fort near Toledo and the 1750's era English trading post of Pickawillany near Piqua in Miami County. His special interests are flint reduction techniques and 18th century firearms and edged weapons. He especially enjoys working with the public and has given numerous presentations on projects he has been involved with as well as conducting artifact identification workshops. Bill has worked in the Collections/Curatorial division on the Ohio Historical Society in several capacities since 1999.
The presentation will be held at Fort Meigs in the Visitor Center located at 29100 West River Road in Perrysburg, Ohio on Thursday, April 18th at 7:30 PM. The program is sponsored by the Anderton Bentley Fund in memory of Christopher Perky, who served at Fort Meigs during the War of 1812. For more information on this and all of the events at Fort Meigs call 800-283-8916 or visit us on-line at www.fortmeigs.org