Browsing the blog archives for June, 2011

Unit 20 Foundation

For the past three weeks I have been excavating unit 20 at the James Holliday House in Annapolis. We had been digging through a large layer of rubble and what seemed like construction debris that may have been discarded during the construction of the addition to the Holliday house in 1950. Our unit seemed to […]

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Holliday House Artifacts from Unit 19

As we near the close of our Holliday House excavation, it is a good time to reflect on some of the most interesting artifacts we found in Unit 19. I have chosen to talk about these artifacts because they are prime ways that we, as archaeologists, can look into the past and see how the […]

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Chasing the Rubble

Having completed two weeks of excavation, now is a good point to reflect and see what I have learned so far during this years field school. I came into field school this year eager to put into practice what I had only been reading about for the past few years. So, I volunteered to dig […]

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Week 2 Round-Up

With the second week of field school, the weather got a little hotter, the units a little deeper, and the finds a little more exciting! In addition to continuing excavations, the students took another tour of Annapolis with Dr. Leone—this time of the Calvert Orangery excavation and the Maynard-Burgess House—and heard a lecture from Kate […]

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FAQ About Archaeology: Part II

We just wrapped up our second week of excavations here in Annapolis, so now is a good time to answer a few more frequently asked questions of archaeologists. How do you know where to dig? Digging holes takes a lot of time and work.  It is important to know where to dig before we start.  […]

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The Pinkney House: A Little Context

To contextualize our work at the Pinkney House, here is a brief history of the site. This is our first field season working at the site, although this work is an extension of our earlier work on neighboring Fleet, Cornhill, and East Streets. During the last decades of the 19th century, and the first quarter […]

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The James Holliday House and Family

To put our last post into context, I’ve put together a brief history of the James Holliday, his family and their property in Annapolis. The property on which the James Holliday sits was originally part of the land surveyed and designated for Governor Francis Nicholson in 1696. Between 1700 and 1850, the property changed hands […]

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Week 1 Round-Up

The 2011 field school has successfully completed its first week. Students divided between two sites—the Pinkney House and the James Holliday House—in Annapolis and began their training as archaeologists, learning how to measure out an excavation unit, use a trowel, screen for artifacts, map, and record their process. Both sites are located on small private […]

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Tour of the Paca Garden and Carroll Estate

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the William Paca Garden and the Charles Carroll of Carrolton House and Garden, both located in Historic Annapolis, Maryland. William Paca and Charles Carroll were two of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence and were important men of their day. They lived on grand estates and […]

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