Browsing the blog archives for June, 2013

The Art of Mapping and Its Implications

Despite the recent increase of various types of new technology in the field of archaeology, including GIS, LiDAR, and more, archaeologists still like to stick to the old paper-and-pencil route for many tasks out in the field. With the discovery of a large collection of artifacts this past week, I had the opportunity to further […]

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AIA: An Experience

 It is good to learn about archaeology and its principles in a classroom. On the other hand, it is better to use the learning when out in an archaeological field. This was what I have done in the Archaeology in Annapolis field school. During the last five weeks of the session, I have learned new […]

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Brick Excavation for Dummies

My experiences in field school these past weeks have allowed me to humbly consider myself somewhat of a brick expert. I have seen many different brick colors, sizes, formations, and techniques for excavating brick. Even though it is not an expertise that I ever thought I would achieve proficiency in, it is definitely an interesting […]

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The Beautiful, the Sublime and the Picturesque

On Monday, our first day at Wye House, we were given a tour of the property. I particularly enjoyed Beth’s discussion of the picturesque, the sublime and the beautiful.  In the 18th and 19th centuries, there was a movement to reconnect with nature.  For a long time people had been scared of nature and believed […]

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Welcome to Wye

Last Friday we finished back-filling our units and said goodbye two Annapolis for the summer. On Monday we made the trip out to rural Easton on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and began our excavations of the Wye House Plantation. Despite unfavorable weather in the afternoons of our first two days of working at this […]

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Wye House Plantation and Landscape Archaeology

This week, our field school has begun digging at Wye House Plantation in Easton, MD, where we will be working for the next three weeks. This is not the first year the AiA program has excavated at Wye House – for the past few summers, archaeology students have been digging units at various locations of […]

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The Art of Profile Drawing

Drawing a straight line between given dots on a plane is considered to be an easy task, but it is the importance of every line you draw and the dots you connect that really matter in the world of archaeology. As you may or may not know, archaeology is a destructive science. As an archaeologist […]

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The Infamous “Rat Hole”

Unit 2, my beloved unit, has come across quite a feature in the past few weeks. Not just a rodent burrow, but the beginnings of a rodent condominium. In a site like the one we are digging in, rodent burrows are not unusual, but they are incredibly frustrating. After Dr. Jocelyn Knauf’s lecture, I found […]

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Unit Five’s Unusual Find

This past week while excavating our Unit (a 5’ by 5’ measure of restriction), in Annapolis, my group partners and I came upon a very novel and exciting new discovery. The suspicion of an absence of a specific soil type was raised by the evidence of a borderline separating two apparent soil types within a […]

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