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More Than One Way to Read a Census: Working on Census Transcription for AiA’s “Locating People in the Past” Project

In the past six months, I have been part of Archaeology in Annapolis’ (AiA) project “Locating People in the Past.” This innovative project takes existing historic U.S. census data and two historic maps to create new, spatial information about people living in Talbot County, Maryland in the second half of the 19th century. With the help […]


AiA in 3D: 3D Laser Scanning (and Printing!) at SERC and Wye House

We’ve been dealing with some very cool technology lately, both in the field and back on campus.  Ben Skolnik, Stefan Woehlke and I presented a paper at the Society of Historical Archaeology Annual Conference in Seattle talking about the costs and benefits one of AiA’s most recent and exciting tools — a 3D laser scanner. […]

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Pardon the Interruption

The AiA Blog is back after a six-month struggle thanks to the work of the University of Maryland IT Department. We’ll be posting a back-log of students’ posts from the summer and working to get the blog up-to-date with everything we are doing now. It will take a little bit longer to get it back […]

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Getting to Wye House

I’ve been working at Wye House for three years now.  One impression that myself and many of our students are left with is its isolation and remoteness.  In the field school van, it takes more than an hour and a half to get to Wye House.  We have to cross the bay, drive down seemingly […]


A Blogging Evaluation

Almost two years ago, I started this blog for the Archaeology in Annapolis project. A little over a year ago, it occurred to me that we should try to understand who our audience is by collecting site traffic data. Though it began as a means of justifying the blog’s existence by showing that people from […]


Making Archaeologists

The following was written for the Day of Archaeology blogging event, 2012: The weather report says that today is hot and humid. High 101° F. Heat index near 110° F. The students of the 2012 Archaeology in Annapolis field school from the University of Maryland know that it will be a sweltering and tiring day […]


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 […]


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 […]


A Blogging Introduction

For the past 30 years, Archaeology in Annapolis has worked in historic Annapolis, Maryland to learn about the daily lives of the people of the past. As archaeologists, we look to artifacts, the objects that people have left behind, to help us understand past cultures and social relationships. In our project, we explore the stories […]