Sunday, January 11, 2009

Search for Church

I am pleased to announce that the PTAP team, through the Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco, received a check for $1,000 from the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium, Roz Racanello, executive director. We will use this grant to attract additional funds to underwrite our search for the first Anglican church at Port Tobacco.

Working with some data that Pete extracted from our larger database, I took another look at the area in which we discovered the cemetery. It is clear from the shovel test pit data that the cemetery area lies between dwelling sites to the north (the aboriginal locus) and the south (the Swann House), with relatively few domestic artifacts in the cemetery. Unfortunately, we haven't tested the hedgerow to the west, into which the cemetery undoubtedly extends.

The team will have to put heads together to figure out a cost effective means of narrowing our search for the church.

Reminder: we have a Charles County Archaeological Society meeting at Port Tobacco this Tuesday at 7: 30PM at which we will learn about Bruce Thompson's excavations at the Grieb site.


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