Monday, March 23, 2009

Hobnobbing Part Deux

This past weekend Jim and I were at the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference in Ocean City Maryland. For those of you who could not make it, here is the abstract of the presentation I gave on Port Tobacco. And for those of you that did, thanks for coming!

Searching for the Lost Town of Port Tobacco

Now in its second year, the Port Tobacco Archaeological Project has successfully identified numerous 18th- and 19th-century sites comprising the town of Port Tobacco, as well as its predecessors: the aboriginal town of Portobac (or Potobac) and early 18th-century Chandler’s Town. Close-interval shovel testing and detailed mapping of all surface finds has allowed the team to delineate each of these sites with marked accuracy and precision. Different methods of excavation have been employed in order to survey the town and the outlying areas over the past two years. Shovel test surveys, surface collection and unit excavations at Port Tobacco have all proven to be successful methods for understanding the layout of this 350 year old town.

The conference sessions covered underwater archaeology, Historic African American Communities, Military-Site Archaeology, Eastern Woodlands, Soil Science Archaeology, Colonial Period, Collection Management, American Indian Archaeology, and Class Distinction.

All in all, it was a good conference...mostly...Jim was battling a bad cold. Its time now to start focusing on the next conference which I think isn't until October.

- Peter

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