Author Archives: LKMcMillan

Delaney Resweber – Schnitting isn’t a Baked Good (although I wish it was)

In the wise words of Dr. McMillan, what separates an archaeologist and a random guy digging holes is the process of diggings and documenting the units properly in order to make interpretations about the site; “our interpretations are only as … Continue reading

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Archer Long – Thriving and Striving at Stratford Hall

Signing up for field school this summer has led to many amazing opportunities. One of the biggest surprises was the opportunity to stay at Stratford Hall Plantation. Stratford Hall, built in 1738, is best known as the birth place of … Continue reading

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Lilly Salamone – This first week of field school was a ton of fun!

I had some experience volunteering in the UMW archaeology laboratory beforehand, but I was excited to expand it by working in the field. I did not really know what to expect, as the only experience with archaeology I had before … Continue reading

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Matt Greczy – The Importance of Empty Pits

While digging one of many shovel test pits during field work, my partner and I made a small discovery. Before we had even broken the earth for our test pit, we found a sizable sherd of ceramic laying on the … Continue reading

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Lizzie O’Meara – Archaeology: Can you dig it?

The week of May 21st, 2018 marked my first week of field school with the University of Mary Washington. While the thought of getting to experience actual real world archaeology was an exciting one, I could not help but feel … Continue reading

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UMW 2018 Archaeological Field School

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Olivia Larson- Hard Work and Self Medication on a Jim Crow Era Farm

When viewing an artifact for the first time, often it looks like nothing too special. However, after further investigation (and a lot of cleaning) something that once appeared insignificant can create an interesting story.  One such artifact is a small … Continue reading

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Spring 2018 Course- African Diaspora Archaeology

Professor McMillan here. I’m popping in to plug a course I am teaching next semester. HISP 471A4: African Diaspora Archaeology Permission of instructor is needed for this class. It is open to students both in the Department of Historic Preservation … Continue reading

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Welcome to the UMW Archaeology Lab website- An Introduction

Hello World! Welcome to the UMW Archaeology Laboratory blog! We are so excited to revamp this website and tell you what we are up to! This summer has been a busy one of changes and transitions. Professor Doug Sanford retired … Continue reading

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T-Pain Visited the Archaeological Field School!

Check it out! President T-Pain visited the UMW Historic Preservation’s Archaeological Field School earlier this month! We were very happy to host President Paino, show him all the great artifacts we have been finding, and share with him our interpretations … Continue reading

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