Monday, October 22, 2007

New Discoveries Made with New Friends and Old

I'm co-opting Peter's space today...he can write about artifacts tomorrow.

This weekend's effort was a roaring success: we found several buildings, including a probable earthfast house--built on posts rather than a brick or stone foundation--dating to the 18th century and well outside of the town core. We collected about three bushels of artifacts, each and every bag of which corresponds to a specific shovel test pit that was mapped by Tom Forhan and Scott Lawrence and their CAT trainees. We hope to set up a volunteer lab at the Maryland Historical Trust (Crownsville) as early as this week.

On behalf of April, Pete, Scott, and myself, I want to extend thanks to:
Sheila Geisert for arranging overnight accommodations and the marking of underground utilities;
Sheila Smith for providing 40 people with lunch on Saturday and her many other kindnesses;
Dr. Charlie Hall of the Maryland Historical Trust for his inestimable help and good humor;
My wife, Bonnie Persinger, for shelving her own work for a day to help work with our volunteers, many of whom were first-timers;
And, of course, the great people who joined us those last three days and helped us achieve far more than we had hoped to achieve.

I hope that we will return to the field soon and that all of you will join us again. In the meantime, we have a lot of washing, cataloguing, data entry, analysis, and reporting to complete. Without completing these critical tasks, we cannot intelligently move ahead with the investigation.



Anonymous said...

Thanks for the opportunity to help out at the site! I really enjoyed working with everyone on Saturday. I even got Dylan to admit afterwards that it was interesting after all and that his blisters from shoveling were worth it. I hope I get the chance to work with you again.

-Sandi, UMBC

April M. Beisaw said...

Thanks for helping out Sandi! Tell Dylan that if he dug more often he wouldn't get blisters at all.