Author Archives: UMWArchaeologyStudent

John Strangfeld – GIS and Geospacial Analyses at Nomini Plantation

My name is John Strangfeld. I am one of several students working in the Department of Historic Preservation’s archaeology lab. This is my fourth and final semester working with the archaeology department before my graduation. Throughout my time working in … Continue reading

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Shannon Bremer- Hygiene and the Civil War

I recently presented a research paper at the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference this past March in Virginia. My paper focused on health and hygiene related artifacts recovered from a nearby Civil War era Union encampment in Stafford County, Virginia. More … Continue reading

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Caleigh Sullivan – The Story Behind the Stone

A cemetery, representing the material culture of death, reflects change in style, ideology, and identity of individuals and of societies.  Researchers perform cemetery analyses to determine spatial organization, questions of religion, class, status, ethnicity, and the rise and fall of … Continue reading

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Daphne Ahalt – Meritorious Artifacts

It continues to amaze me how broken and dirty artifacts excavated from an archaeological site can reveal details of the people, manufacturing techniques and material culture of a time long past. I recently had the opportunity to analyze two non-mendable … Continue reading

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Eric Dorman – Stone Tool Making: A Cooler Process Than You Think

A few days back, I had the great experience of being in a session that included a hands-on activity in flint knapping, the process of making stone tools. By participating in the flint knapping demonstration, I learned about the arduous … Continue reading

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Kara Deppe- I’m a Gatherer

The flint knapping demonstration was a frustrating, yet extremely beneficial experience which enabled us to learn more about this process and the people who used these tools. The definition of flint knapping is “percussing two objects, stones, together to make … Continue reading

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Daphne Ahalt- Traditional Technologies Day

On October 3rd, Nate Salzman, Education and Exhibit Specialist at the Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum’s Native Village in St. Leonard, MD., visited the University of Mary Washington campus to teach the Native American technologies of flint knapping, fire making, … Continue reading

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Daphne Ahalt: Fabulous Finds – Discovering Artifacts in the Archaeological Lab, Part One

Fall classes have started and I’m back in the Archaeology Lab learning and working with the artifacts that were recently excavated during Field School (see other blog posts by Joey Savino and myself for more about our experiences). Since returning, … Continue reading

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Joey Savino: The Ex Situ Series. Volume 1: “Foundations”

In this series, Joey will be exploring his ideas, thoughts, feelings, and experiences in archaeology from the field to the lab, and ultimately to a final research project focused on the Sherwood Forest Plantation site. -LKM ______________________________________________________________ There’s something special … Continue reading

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My Summer in Archaeology- Daphne Ahalt

This summer I had the opportunity to participate in the third season of UMW Center for Historic Preservation’s Archaeology Field School at Sherwood Forest Plantation in Stafford County; it was the most amazing learning experience I have ever had! Working … Continue reading

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