Thursday, April 9, 2009

Upcoming Archival Research Demonstration

Tuesday, April 14, at 7:30, the Charles County Archaeological Society will meet in room LR102 (that's in the basement of the 'Learning Center,' known by the over-40 crowd as the library) at the College of Southern Maryland. If interested in attending, please contact me for directions.

I will demonstrate several facets of conducting local historical research online, emphasizing maps, censuses, and land title research. The reason for holding the meeting at the College (which is just a few miles north of Port Tobacco) is that we will need a good Internet connection. Connectivity at Port Tobacco is unreliable and slow.

This will be a demonstration and not a workshop. For a workshop we would have to meet in a computer pod where everybody would have a machine to work on. Perhaps we can manage that later in the year.

Please join us.


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Site Map Update

Here is the latest site map with all the work we did during the March campaign now plugged in. We are surely shovel testing our way through the town!

I think after all the work we do this summer I will break up the map so its easier to read and see. I will add close up views of the excavation units, existing buildings and more as we gather more information.

- Peter

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

In the News, Soon

I had a pleasant interview with Washington Post journalist Ann Siegal today at Port Tobacco. We walked around the various sites in the town center, talking of plans for the field session and beyond. Ms Siegal is doing a piece, due out in early May, on opportunities for the public to visit archaeological sites and to participate in the Washington area. We upload a link to the piece when it comes out.


Monday, April 6, 2009

Furnishing Burch House, Part 2

Thanks to the generosity of John Lawrence, Esq., we now have a suitable desk for the Burch House. Thank you John.
To make the house a little more useful as crew bunkhouse during the field session, we could use more in the way of cooking facilities: a microwave that isn't too decrepit, a camp stove or a large grill (we have a couple of small charcoal grills owned by ASM). A few pots and pans and cooking utensils would also be welcome additions.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Furnishing Burch House

Thanks to the generosity of Tom Forhan, the PTAP team has a desktop computer and a dorm-type refrigerator with which to outfit the Burch House. The refrigerator will be particularly useful during the May 22 to June 1 ASM field session...the crew will be cooking and eating on site.

The computer will be very helpful as we begin to move the laboratory work out of Annapolis and down to Port Tobacco. We will catalogue materials at the Burch House and, hopefully, reduce the amount of time that it takes us to get from fieldwork to final report (not that we don't already do so at amazingly fast rates).

We are still in need of some basic office furnishings such as a filing cabinet, desk, and desk chair, lamps, etc. All of these donations serve as matches for our various grants and, because the donations are to the Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco, a 501(3)c charitable organization, they may be tax deductible.

Thank you, Tom.