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Urban Annapolis and Rural Wye House

As we ended our excavations in Annapolis and moved to the very different setting at Wye House, it has been interesting to reflect on the differences between the two units on which I have worked – particularly on their stratigraphy and the artifacts they produced – and what those differences say about the sites. The […]

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Farewell Annapolis

This week was definitely one of the most arduous, yet entertaining weeks so far. Early in the week, our team from unit 26 unearthed an articulated animal skeleton. We have yet to determine the exact species, but we believe it to be a young lamb or goat. Initially, it was thought to be a calf […]

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Unit 26

As we close up our units on Cornhill Street, it is cool to reflect on what we have accomplished in the past three weeks.  My unit, number 26, faced the initial challenge of removing six inches of gravel from the backyard we were digging in.  It took us the entire first day to clear the […]

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Working with Historic Maps

One of the most important strengths of historical archaeology is our ability and willingness to combine anthropology, dirt, and the historical record.  Using documents to aid archaeological research is one of the defining characteristics of the discipline.  These come in many forms–including, but certainly not limited to, deeds, journals, diaries, letters, probate inventories, wills, church […]

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Summer in Historic Annapolis

The past week of Field School has already taught me a few things. Working in Unit 24 at Schwar’s East next to Patrick’s Unit (read about it in his blog post below!), I’ve begun to understand how to properly excavate a site, a necessary archaeological skill that is difficult to understand in a classroom. However, […]

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Archaeology in Annapolis: Week 1 2012

Archaeology in Annapolis this year has 3 different locations and the Unit I’m in is Unit 25, in Schwar’s East. We are in the backyard of a home that the owners have graciously opened up. This backyard consists of an average brick patio which laid on top of a foundation made of sand. Because the […]

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