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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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From Pinkney House To Wye House

My first experience with archaeological excavation occurred exactly one month ago at the Pinkney House in Historic Annapolis. I thought I had had a relatively firm grasp on what archaeology would be like, but I learned quickly that excavating was more than just digging in the dirt for artifacts. I was assigned to Unit 18, […]


Brick Rubble

So far in my experiences in field school, it seems that I am destined to find some sort of brick rubble in my unit.  For the first three weeks of field school, I was excavating Unit 18 at the Pinkney House.  We were only a few soil layers into the unit when we discovered multiple […]


Week 3 Round-Up

Besides a lecture from Dr. Matt Palus on his archaeological work in Annapolis, this week saw the rallied push to the finish as we wrapped up in preparation to move to the Wye House on Monday. Archaeologists try to make it to the sterile level—where there are no more artifacts found—before closing up a site, […]


Week 2 Round-Up

With the second week of field school, the weather got a little hotter, the units a little deeper, and the finds a little more exciting! In addition to continuing excavations, the students took another tour of Annapolis with Dr. Leone—this time of the Calvert Orangery excavation and the Maynard-Burgess House—and heard a lecture from Kate […]

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The Pinkney House: A Little Context

To contextualize our work at the Pinkney House, here is a brief history of the site. This is our first field season working at the site, although this work is an extension of our earlier work on neighboring Fleet, Cornhill, and East Streets. During the last decades of the 19th century, and the first quarter […]


Week 1 Round-Up

The 2011 field school has successfully completed its first week. Students divided between two sites—the Pinkney House and the James Holliday House—in Annapolis and began their training as archaeologists, learning how to measure out an excavation unit, use a trowel, screen for artifacts, map, and record their process. Both sites are located on small private […]