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What Happens to the Artifacts?

With the cataloging of the Annapolis sites almost completed, it is an ideal time to address the question of what happens to artifacts after we’ve completed our initial work. Many artifacts are kept in organized boxes, stored in the lab, as we’ve shown in previous posts. These are part of the Archaeology in Annapolis collection, […]

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Wye House: Unearthing History

Terpvision, the University of Maryland news program, has featured our Wye House excavations in a segment called Wye House: Unearthing History. Dr. Leone, Amanda Tang, Benjamin Skolnik, as well as undergraduate Sophia Chang, give informative interviews about the archaeological work. Watch the video, and let us know what you think!

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A Candid Conversation

The following is the introduction to a chapter by Dr. Mark Leone in an upcoming volume Conversations Through Archaeology, edited by William Rathje, Michael Shanks, and Christopher Witmore. It is set to be published by Rutledge in 2012. 4. Mark Leone with William Rathje and Michael Shanks Mark Leone, Professor of Anthropology at the University […]

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A Happy Lab

After a month-long hiatus, students are employed again in the lab with the work of washing artifacts so that they can be cataloged and analyzed. After the flurry of activity and discovery during excavations, lab work involves more methodical preparation before reporting findings, which unfortunately means a lack of compelling blog post material. The process […]

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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 […]

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Why are we digging where we are at Wye?

One of the questions I answered a few weeks ago was “How do you know where to dig?” That was my short answer. Since then, many people have specifically asked us, “How did you know where to find these quarters that you’re excavating this summer?” This is my long answer. Before we can know where […]

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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 […]

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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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FAQ About Archaeology: Part I

Given the misconceptions surrounding archaeology, we asked our colleagues and friends to help us generate frequently asked questions, and our usual responses as archaeologists. Are you looking for dinosaurs, rocks, and/or chests of gold? No. – Response by everyone Archaeologists are mostly concerned with artifacts, which are human-made or modified objects, or features like buildings. […]

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