Browsing the archives for the excavation tag

Unit 5

Archaeology in Annapolis has been a blast this past week and a half. I’ve learned so much more about Archaeology and the process of Archaeology in the past week than AI thought I would ever know. There have been many quick adventures and learning curves; such as immediately breaking a shovel. On the first day. […]

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Unit 3 Characteristics So Far

A lot of exciting things have been happening in the Archaeology in Annapolis field school for the past several days. My group has been assigned Unit 3 and so far has made some interesting discoveries even though it is still too early to draw conclusions regarding the information we have uncovered. Despite finding an immeasurable […]

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A Hothouse Found

The greenhouse at the Wye House Plantation is known for being the only standing greenhouse from the 18th century in North America. When Archaeology in Annapolis began its excavations at Wye, particular attention was paid to this structure, at the request of the owners. My dissertation research has been focused on the greenhouse and gardens, […]

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More Than Just Artifacts

It has been a tiring but fun six weeks with the field school. There is nothing quite like the excitement when, after spending days bent over a hole in the sun, you manage to find a brick wall, or a mostly-intact cellar, or even something small like half of a teacup. But what’s more exciting […]

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Excavation at Wye

After our three week city excavation in Annapolis, we transferred to the Wye House, and historic plantation at Maryland’s Eastern shore. The first impression of this historic property is one that is peaceful, loving, tired, and not so well taken care of. However, a second look at this imposing house shows how much it has […]

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Final Week at Wye House Plantation

As field school starts to come to a close, it hardly seems possible it has been 6 weeks of digging and discovery. Our short three weeks at the Wye House plantation has produced valuable information about the former slaves who lived and worked here. Units on the South Long green were responsible for trying to […]

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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 […]

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Brick Wall Found in Unit 74!

Unit 74 is located furthest Southeast on the South Long Green at the Why House Plantation. The primary goal of our unit -along with the four others on the South Long Green- is to uncover remains of an old slave quarter that is theorized to have been built there in the 18th Century. During our […]

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The East Cove

Compared to the urban environment of Annapolis, the rural landscape of Wye house has new archaeological challenges. Rural Archaeology involves larger soil layers and more environmental processes which impede troweling. Students in the East Cove are excavating the site of a structure once used as slave quarters. The site is currently concealed by high vegetation […]

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