Anyone who has walked around Annapolis, Maryland during the spring, fall, or summer has probably seen one, or more, groups of people following around a tour guide dressed in colonial garb. But what do these tour guides do when no one is visiting Annapolis because the city, and the rest of the state, are covered in snow and ice and its too cold to be outside for very long? The answer: They do training to brush up on their knowledge of Annapolis history. As part of this training, they invite scholars to come talk about different aspects of the history of the city. I was fortunate enough to be one of those scholars. I gave a lecture on Thursday, February 6 at Ram’s Head Tavern that highlighted the work of Archaeology in Annapolis in the city of the last thirty-plus years, particularly looking at the contributions we have made to African American archaeology and history in Annapolis.
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