By Dawn Pinder
If you work the screen on the Aucilla River Prehistory Project, the first person you meet (and most knowledgeable and helpful teacher on the project) is Ed Green. His vast years of experience have lead to the development of screendeck observational techniques that provide valuable insights into sediment characterizations as reported by diving excavators. Ed shares his knowledge with each new screendeck volunteer.
Ed has been a loyal and steady volunteer to the ARPP since 1989, when he volunteered to assist with land surveys. He recalls finding three projectile points while digging his first test pit on the site.
Edward M. Green is a longtime serious avocational archaeological researcher. He first became interested in archaeology in the 1930’s, when as a child he began hunting for arrowheads in Michigan. About 1960 that interest was renewed when he was invited to join an archaeology club where he met with Detroit students, college professors and collectors. He spent weekends with friends surface collecting, always keeping careful records.
Ed helped organize numerous Paleo workshops for the River Raisin chapter of the Michigan Archaeological Society, flying in experts like Dennis Stanford and Vance Haynes.
In 1970 Ed became President of the Michigan Archaeological Society. He also served a number of years on the MAS Editorial Board. Before retiring to Florida, he was active in two society chapters and also served a term as President of the Aboriginal Research Club of Detroit. He has traveled to meetings and conventions all over the country.
Ed also has an interest in Mayan culture and has traveled to the Yucatan. He is most fascinated with the Mayan language. Mayans were the only culture of their time to have a phonetic written language. He continues to keep up on the latest literature and says the Mayan language is “a big mystery that is now being solved.”
Ed is a graduate of Michigan State University with a B.A. in History. He also served in the U.S. Army’s Counterintelligence Corps during the Korean conflict.
Ed is retired from Ford Motor Company and now lives in Springhill, Florida. He has been married to his wife, Lynn, for the past 41 years. They raised three children, two girls and a boy, and now have two grandchildren.
When not working on the ARPP, he officiates as president of the Hunters Lake Association, which he has done for the past five years. Ed also enjoys looking for great finds at flea markets and reading. He has a vast library of hard to find articles and books on archaeology and anthropology, particularly Paleoindian and Mayan studies. Ed keeps up to date on the latest literature and is always searching for new information.
Ed is famous for his delicate indian beadwork, one of the many passions that occupy his time. Each piece he creates takes several weeks, months, or sometimes years to complete and they are true masterpieces. Ed is an invaluable member of the Aucilla River Prehistory Project team. He spends months during the off season repairing and rebuilding the dredge screens and doing maintenance on equipment. To the screen crew, Ed is more than a valuable volunteer, he is our hero.