Browsing the archives for the student post tag

The Art of Profile Drawing

Drawing a straight line between given dots on a plane is considered to be an easy task, but it is the importance of every line you draw and the dots you connect that really matter in the world of archaeology. As you may or may not know, archaeology is a destructive science. As an archaeologist […]

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The Infamous “Rat Hole”

Unit 2, my beloved unit, has come across quite a feature in the past few weeks. Not just a rodent burrow, but the beginnings of a rodent condominium. In a site like the one we are digging in, rodent burrows are not unusual, but they are incredibly frustrating. After Dr. Jocelyn Knauf’s lecture, I found […]

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Unit Five’s Unusual Find

This past week while excavating our Unit (a 5’ by 5’ measure of restriction), in Annapolis, my group partners and I came upon a very novel and exciting new discovery. The suspicion of an absence of a specific soil type was raised by the evidence of a borderline separating two apparent soil types within a […]

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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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The Construction of Urban Infrastructure and the Process of Governmentalization – Lecture by Prof. Matt Palus

Today, Prof. Matt Palus visited Annapolis and gave a lecture relating to his dissertation topic involving the use of infrastructure building by governments in order to organize the society to optimize its control and authority. Dr. Palus studied public utilities such as electrification, and enclosed sanitation within Annapolis and its surrounding suburb of Eastport.  Traditionally, […]

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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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The Arbitrariness of Power

Here are some photos from the first week of field school. Lots of fun in hand. Sifting dirt through a 1/4 inch mesh screen. Using Munsell color system to determine soil color and a nice paper bag to collect artifacts. Shovel Test Pit, screen, 5 gallon bucket, ruler, sheet of plastic, Munsell book, journal, pile […]

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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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Race, Landscapes, and Ideologies

Our six weeks of digging will end tomorrow. Writing this is bittersweet. I’m sure everyone can agree that while we’ll miss our unit partners and field directors, we might not miss the odd t-shirt tans we all have. Actually, a few of us just might miss those too. This has been a learning experience in […]

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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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