Saturday, April 5, 2008

The Unfound and the Expected

On Tuesday, April 8, from 7:30 to 9PM, the Charles County Archaeological Society will hold its second meeting at the Old Train Station in La Plata. There are two items on the agenda: formalizing the organization and its relationship to the Archeological Society of Maryland. That will involve a brief presentation of draft bylaws and a request for volunteers to fill the posts of the few officers that we will need. That done, I will give a presentation on early Colonial archaeological sites.

As I've noted in an earlier posting, many early Colonial buildings were constructed on wooden posts. These types of buildings, referred to as earthfast or post-in-ground architecture, have been found in St. Mary's City and a number of rural sites throughout the Chesapeake Bay region. They have not been definitively identified at Port Tobacco, although we may have found one last October in the field by the Port Tobacco River. I will present results of several of my excavations on such sites in the region by way of a tutorial on what we might expect and how we will have to deal with these kinds of buildings at Port Tobacco. Please join us.

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