Browsing the blog archives for July, 2011

Archaeology in Annapolis: Every Day is a Day of Archaeology

The following was written for the Day of Archaeology blogging event, 2011: It is the last day of summer lab work for the Archaeology in Annapolis project. Out of the sun of the field and into the air conditioning, volunteer undergraduate students Bill and Ryan wash the artifacts gathered from this season’s efforts. Toothbrushes in […]


FAQ About Archaeology: Part III

The Archaeology in Annapolis lab is currently occupied with student volunteers who are helping us wash the artifacts from this summer’s field school. We’ll discuss the laboratory process in our post next week for the Day of Archaeology, but for now, we’ll answer more frequently asked questions supplied by our archaeological colleagues. For other answered […]


Day of Archaeology 2011

At the end of the month, The AiA Blog will be taking part in an exciting undertaking from the World Archaeology Congress–the Day of Archaeology. All over the world, archaeological scholars, students, volunteers, and enthusiasts will describe what they do throughout the day of July 29. The experiences of over 200 (and counting) archaeologists will […]


Week 6 Round-Up

With the closing of the units at the Wye House plantation, we finished the 2011 Archaeology in Annapolis field school excavations. One has only to look at the students’ posts to see how much they learned in six weeks. Thank you for all of your hard work. We’re proud of you, and look forward to […]

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Untold Stories

Before you begin reading this brief little post of mine I feel that I should come clean with you about one very important thing. I’m a history major, which as I have learned over the pasts few weeks means that I am just about the least qualified person around to write about anthropology. So rather […]

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The End

We finally hit sterile soil (which is devoid of human artifacts or alterations) yesterday after roughing it through a vast, seemingly never-ending, layer of brick and mortar dotted with large metal objects, including a shovelhead, hoe and an axe head. Once these things were pulled out and wrapped beautifully in flagging tape by Amanda (like […]


AiA and African American History

This post is written by undergraduate volunteer Justin Uehlein: This time of the year the nation celebrates its birth, as well as the freedom that we all associate with it. Typically it is not acknowledged that even though the nation had won its freedom from England, many living within the nations borders did not win […]


Wye House: Seven Years of Archaeology

Following these two weeks of blogging by our field school students and staff and before completing our final week of excavations, it is appropriate to refresh everyone of our work at Wye House. Here is a condensed version of our time at Wye House. In 2004, Mrs. R. Carmichael Tilghman offered our project the opportunity […]


Week 5 Round-Up

In the second week at the Wye House, Unit 65 continued to uncover a possible stone foundation along the west side of their unit while digging through what seems to be debris from a fallen brick wall. Unit 66 discovered that two of their articulate bricks became a pier foundation, which you can read more […]


A People’s Archaeology

When you have been digging through a dirt hole for weeks, your definition of ‘exciting’ may change.  It becomes temping to focus on the ‘pretties’- a particularly intact piece of ceramic, or an interesting pattern on a bottle.  But what makes the Archaeology in Annapolis project so important is not necessarily the artifacts that look […]