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Biography of John Sabol

John Sabol is an archaeologist, cultural anthropologist, actor, and author. As an archaeologist, he has documented and recorded the manifestations of past soundscapes at haunted ruins. As an actor, he has appeared in many movies, TV series, and educational TV programming, including the Sci-Fi classic, Dune (1984), and the A&E TV series, Paranormal State. He has written 16 books on his fieldwork, methodology, and his personal experiences on location filming, and his work at haunted ruins around the world. He has been a frequent guest on numerous radio and internet talk shows, among them, Beyond the Edge Radio, The Paranormal View, Para X Radio, Blog Talk Radio, The Grand Dark Conspiracy, and Rusty O’Nhiall’s “Mysterious and Unexplained” on PsiFM (Australia). He has also worked on international educational documentaries (in Spain).

He is the director of several documentaries that are accounts of immersions into past ethnographic soundscapes at historic sites now in ruin. In these ruins, he has recorded manifestations of past cultural behavioral fields, including the “culture of war” on several Civil War battlefields and, most recently, coal-mining cultural vestiges and traces of past presence at Centralia, Pennsylvania. He has organized (and played a role in) theatrical “stagings” and “ghostings” at haunted locations which recorded “spiritscape” sites at these haunted locations.

He has developed numerous scripts and storyboards for these documentaries, as part of a “ghost excavation” series of mediated venues. He has presented video clips and audio tracks of these documentaries at various scientific conferences and popular culture expositions in Europe, Canada, and the USA. Upcoming projects include writing, directing, and acting in a documentary about Civil War hauntings along the Mississippi River, and documenting a series of Sasquatch habitation sites in the Southeast U.S.

Future speaking appearances include T.A.G.(Theoretical Archaeology Group) Conference at the University of Chicago, Oriental Institute, The Hindsdale Project in Hindsdale, New York, Popular Cultural Conferences in Washington, D.C. and in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, the G.H.O.S.T.S. Conference in Ontario, Canada, several conferences in England including with the Royal Geographic Society (Britain’s premiere exploration society) and at the University of Kent, Canterbury.  In 2014, John will be speaking at a major symposium and conference in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2014. At the Edinburgh Conference, he will also direct a “ghost excavation” at the legendary and very haunted Greyfriar’s Cemetery.

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.

His IMDb page is www.imdb.com/name/nm1254777/

 He can be reached via email at cuicospirit@hotmail.com. His website is: www.ghostexcavation.com. and he can be found on Facebook (“Ghost Excavations with John Sabol” and “Beyond the Paranormal”).    His books are available on www.Amazon.com.

Biography of Mary Becker

Mary Becker is the researcher, operator, and case manager for C.A.S.P.E.R. (Center for the Archaeological Studies of Presence Through Ethnographic Resonance) with founder John Sabol.  She is the organizer and contact person for all ghost excavation investigations as well as John Sabol’s marketing agent and personal assistant. Mary produced, edited, assembled, as well as performed in a documentary entitled “Ghost Excavation at Burnside Bridge:  Going Home After Seeing The Elephant” that showcases John Sabol’s P.O.P theory (Perform-Observe-Participate).  She is also the editor and publisher of Ghost Excavation Books, Inc.™©  Mary has been fascinated with past memory presences (ghosts) due to personal experiences starting at age two.  She teamed with John Sabol where she learned of his applied scientific methodology using archaeology, anthropology, history, theatre, ethnography of communication, and logic in creating scenarios in an attempt to generate an interactive past memory presences at haunted locations. Mary has been a guest on several radio and internet talk shows, including Beyond the Edge Radio, The Paranormal View, Para X Radio, The Grand Dark Conspiracy,and Darkness Radio with Dave Schrader and Tim Dennis.  She has an extensive administrative background that is advantageous with the business side of C.A.S.P.E.R.  to include as an Administrative Aide on the Defense Subcommittee, Appropriations Committee (Capitol Hill) interacting with many from the public, all forms of media, Pentagon staff, aides, and officials, congressional members (House and Senate), congressional staff, and presidential cabinet members.  She has also worked as a Paraprofessional Teacher’s Aide to special needs children and Receptionist to prestigious Washington, DC, law firms.  Her artistic background helps in performing scenarios that began at age three with dance (ballet, tap, jazz) that continued into adulthood.  Mary also modeled, taught modeling classes, organized fashion shows, provided commentaries, and participated in the Miss Maryland/USA Pageant.  She also acted and performed in many dramatic plays and musicals. She is now writing several books about local folklore with James Castle and on her personal experiences  with interactive past memory presences to be published soon.