Monday, August 18, 2008

Busman's Holiday

Pete and I shirked our duties today and went over to a site on the Eastern Shore of Maryland near Chestertown. We spent the day working with a bunch of volunteers...avocational and professional...excavating at the Greib Site (18KE83). We were excavating one-meter units around a cellar hole that had been previously excavated by the land owner and noted Chesapeake architectural historian Henry C. Forman.

We recovered bone, lots of burned daub, and a number of late 17th and early 18th-century artifacts.

It is great to take a break from time to time and see new sites, work with different people who have different ways of doing things, and just all around having a good time with people who enjoy this kind of work. Pete and I thank the staff of the Maryland Historical Trust staff, and especially Bruce Thompson, for letting us share in the fun of discovery on their project.

Yes, we'll be back at work tomorrow.

By the way, I don't have the exact date, but it seems like the birthday of our esteemed, if absent colleague, Dr. April M. Beisaw, is sometime around now. Happy birthday April!


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