Saturday, October 11, 2008
When Pete gets back from a short birthday trip (assuming he plans to return), he'll be finishing his part of our latest report. That report will cover the work conducted during the June 2008 field session of the Archeological Society of Maryland. Just a reminder: the previous three reports are available as pdf files from the Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco website: www.restoreporttobacco.org.
Happy birthday Peter.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Monday Pete and I return to Mulberry Grove, home of John Hanson, to finish recording the family cemetery and, perhaps, to conduct some low-level testing to determine if there is a grave in an area from which a bush had been removed some months ago. Nobody knows where Hanson was buried and we are investigating the possibility that he was interred at Mulberry Grove. We'll let you know what we have learned.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Well, today I was looking on the Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco website for a particular picture and came across one that I had seen a hundred times before but never really paid any attention to. Here it is:
As you can see by the labels I put in, the building on the right doesn't fit. It is clearly too close to the foreground to be part of the courthouse. Could this be the mystery building that was found last October? And what purpose was it used for? It certainly doesn't look like a ramshackle building for a squatter to me.
This picture brings to light the issue of careful analysis of information already on hand. We went through the pictures many times and most likely just saw this as just another picture of the old courthouse as a church. A closer study of the photographs is necessary.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
These are very important documents because they tell future scholars what we did and what we found. They are not meant to be 'light' reading; however, we have done our best to insure that the reader need not hold six doctorates to be able to understand them. We have avoided jargon wherever possible and there are no sophisticated statistics. Comments and criticisms are welcome.
For those of you who missed yesterday's blog, sorry...my very expensive Comcast service hasn't been delivering value for the last day or so.