For the past 30 years, Archaeology in Annapolis has worked in historic Annapolis, Maryland to learn about the daily lives of the people of the past. As archaeologists, we look to artifacts, the objects that people have left behind, to help us understand past cultures and social relationships. In our project, we explore the stories of those whose names haven’t always made it into the history books, including enslaved African Americans and working class individuals.
The project runs an annual field school, through the University of Maryland, which is currently excavating in Annapolis’ historic district and at Wye House, the plantation at which Frederick Douglass was enslaved. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and community member volunteers work together to uncover history and present findings to the public.
This blog, as an extension of that project, brings the process of Archaeology in Annapolis to the web. Students and other contributors will lend their perspectives to our ongoing archaeological investigations as we go through our excavations, lab work, and outreach to the larger Annapolitan community.