Tag Archives: Archaeology

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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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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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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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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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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