I am fortunate in the experiences and education that I have had in my lifetime. I also believe that because of my experience and education, I am in a unique position to add credibility to the work of other Adkin's cousins who are working diligently to preserve our family history.
I hold a degree in Geography-Anthropology from the University of Maine system. Under the anthropology umbrella, my specific concentration was archaeology, and more specifically Africanist archaeology. I have done quite a bit of archaeology in both in Africa and in the United States, some are:
I have worked at Lake Turkana, Kenya, uncovering early hominid footprints (https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16673-fossil-footprints-reveal-our-modern-walk-in-the-making/).
I have worked under the direction of Dr. Chap Kusimba previously of the Field Museum in Chicago, working in Mtwapa, Kenya excavating Swahili tombs and securing them for DNA analysis here in the US.
I have worked on a site in Maine for the Passamaquoddy tribe, mapping and analyzing petroglyphs that pre-date the contact period in Maine (https://digitalcommons.library.umaine.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1512&context=mainehistoryjournal).
I have worked at the Neville site in Manchester, New Hampshire, a contact-period site. (https://www.peabody.harvard.edu/node/2970).
I have worked at the Malaga site in Maine (https://mainestatemuseum.org/learn/malaga-island-fragmented-lives-educational-materials/malaga-islands-archaeological-record/).
I have worked the William Ladd site in Minot, Maine. William Ladd was the founder of what later became the United Nations. (https://minotmainehistoricalsociety.wordpress.com/minot-history/william-ladd/).
I have worked under Dr. Laughlin, curator emiritus at the Smithsonian (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/24/science/robert-laughlin-preserver-of-a-mayan-language-dies-at-85.html) helping him to preserve ethnographic records of the Maya.
I have also worked as an intern at the Smithsonian mapping trees and insects from a survey done in the 1970s.
I have presented my work on the Swahili people in Kenya at the University of Southern Maine.
I have presented my work on Shariya Law also at the University of Southern Maine.
I have written papers on coprolite analysis at Native American archaeological sites in America’s southwest.
I have written a paper on the use of entheogens amongst globally diverse native peoples.
The photo to the left of this page is me, being taught to grind sorghum in the traditional way. I'm in the boma (home) of a member of the Dassanech Tribe in Northern Kenya, near Lake Turkana.
Below is a photo of me (lower right/striped shirt) taking field notes at a site in northern Kenya, on the shores of Lake Turkana, where we uncovered a 10,000 year old skeleton.
The above photos are my grandmother, Gladis Adkins. Gladis had 2 daughters with my grandfather.
They are Carmie and Virginia, shown below. Another aunt, Winona, is shown in the third photo below.
My grandmother is Gladys Adkins from Cisco, Morgan County, Kentucky, born February 10, 1913.
Born: 5 October 1874 Sandy Hook, Elliott County, Kentucky, buried at Wells-Adkins Cemetery
Born: Jan 1879 Bloomington, Magoffin, Kentucky
Died: 1934 Otter Creek, Kiowa County, Oklahoma
Born: Jan 1839 Morgan County, Kentucky, USA
Died: 29 May 1913 Morgan County, Kentucky, USA
Born: Jun 1845 Morgan, Kentucky, United States
Died: 3 Jan 1912 Adele, Morgan, Kentucky, USA
Born: 8 April 1810 Engling, Morgan Co., Kentucky, United States
Died: 1880 Morgan, Kentucky, United States
Born: 1811 Morgan, Kentucky, USA
Died: 17 Apr 1894 Deerfield, Lawrence, Kentucky, USA
Born: 11 Jun 1774 Henrico, Virginia, USA
Died: 1829 Grassey, Morgan County, Kentucky, USA
The photo below is me as a baby, and my older brother.
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