Browsing the blog archives for June, 2011

Rediscovering Old Foundations

Unit 66 is located where aerial maps and geographic calculations estimated old slave quarters to have been built. During the week and a half of digging my unit has spent a lot of time pulling up bricks. Going through the layers of brick rubble was tough, but the result was worth it. After removing the […]


Issues of Race and Class in Historic Preservation

I recently had a tour of two historic homes of Annapolis, Maryland: the Governor Calvert House and the Maynard-Burgess House.  These two homes are polar opposites when it comes to historic preservation.  One was home to a former wealthy European American governor of Maryland, the other was continuously owned by two African-American families.  One has […]


Week 4 Round-Up

The field school moved out to the Wye House plantation this week, delving into the history of the slave laborers. Using historic maps and aerial photography of the landscape, graduate student Benjamin Skolnik identified what we believe to be two slave quarters, and we have spent this first week attempting to find the foundations of […]


Brick Rubble

So far in my experiences in field school, it seems that I am destined to find some sort of brick rubble in my unit.  For the first three weeks of field school, I was excavating Unit 18 at the Pinkney House.  We were only a few soil layers into the unit when we discovered multiple […]


A View from the Waters Edge

With the opening of our first week here at Wye House, one can already feel the change in environment. To me, this has been an obvious change since working in Annapolis. First off, there were people. People everywhere, whether you liked it or not. That made working in Annapolis interesting, by far, with the feel […]


Annapolis in the Early 1900s: Filipino Immigrants

This post is written by future Archaeology in Annapolis graduate student Kathrina Aben: The week spent helping excavate the James Holliday house has been a wonderful opportunity to learn about early 20th century life in Annapolis. At the time, two minority groups lived in the city: African-Americans and Filipino immigrants. They each had their own […]

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James Holliday House Reflection

This post is written by field school student Laura Wright: Now that we’ve finished excavating at the James Holliday House, it’s interesting to look back over the past three weeks and consider how much has changed. We found a lot of curious artifacts as Aley explained in her post but what fascinated me most within […]


Week 3 Round-Up

Besides a lecture from Dr. Matt Palus on his archaeological work in Annapolis, this week saw the rallied push to the finish as we wrapped up in preparation to move to the Wye House on Monday. Archaeologists try to make it to the sterile level—where there are no more artifacts found—before closing up a site, […]