Friday, July 8, 2011

A staff update!

Hi everyone!

In the spirit of staying in touch I thought some of the PTAP fans would be interested in what I am up to now. I am working as the Public Outreach Coordinator for the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project in Niles, Michigan. I moved out here over a week ago and, while I have been very busy, I have enjoyed meeting so many gracious my proximity to pick-your-own fruit farms has ensured my happiness!

The project consists of a field school for WMU students as well as public outreach events, the culmination of which is a big Open House in mid-August. I thought it would be a great idea to have the students help maintain a blog that keeps the community and other interested groups informed of their progress in the field and lab. If you all are so interested feel free to check it out at

I miss the PTAP crew and volunteers a great deal and hope to see you all sometime in the fall. Stay in touch!


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Friday Lecture Series, you know you wanna go...

Click on the flyer for a larger image.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Another Day Washing Dishes

The Charles County Archaeological Society returns for another day of washing artifacts:
CCAS plans to wash the artifacts obtained from the excavations done with the GWU students at Burch House last month.
Please come and join us
Sunday, November 21 if it doesn't rain
10:00 - 3:00
Port Tobacco Courthouse (on picnic tables outside)
Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

November Birthdays Round Two

Jim's birthday is so last week, so let's spend today wishing Anne a happy 25th!

Here is a shot of Anne and I in a hole at Burch House this past summer--I miss those days filled with digging, attempts to decipher wacky profiles, and the long Beltway ride home...all with Anne!

So happy birthday! I know you'll end this first quarter-century with style!


PS: This will totally be our album cover when we record "Songs to dig to!"

Friday, November 12, 2010

An Exciting Weekend!

This weekend promises to be very exciting with these 2 events:

Saturday is Jim's Birthday!
Everyone should wish him a Buon compleanno; Là breith sona dhui; ¡feliz cumpleaños; sùk wan gèrt; Halala ngosuku lokuzalwa; Yom Huledet Sameakh; Zorionak zuri; or Happy Birthday!

Sunday if it doesn't rain,
CCAS plans to wash the artifacts obtained from the excavations done with the GWU students at Burch House last month. They will meet at the Port Tobacco Courthouse (on picnic tables outside) from 10:00 - 3:00. Everyone is welcome. Click Here for more CCAS info.

Enjoy your weekend.


Monday, October 25, 2010

Thank You Volunteers!

Yesterday was a very successful day at Port Tobacco. We had a great turn out of both regular volunteers (Carol, Elsie, Calvin, Steve, Scott, Laurie, Phil, Jane, and Rich) and a dozen G.W. University students. We reopened Unit 88 and excavated 16 strata! We ended up with 2 full buckets of artifact bags. Several strata needed multiple bags to hold everything. Hopefully we can schedule an artifact washing day to process it all.

Among the artifacts were straight pins, a mule shoe, a door knob, half of a Spanish reale, half a willow ware bowl, and an initialed pipe bowl.

Stay tuned for more details on future blogs.

We will be back at Port Tobacco tomorrow to finish Unit 96 and continue Unit 88.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Just a spoonful of sugar

This amber bottle was most likely a medicinal bottle used by druggists and merchants. It held large amounts of medicine to be dispensed for customers.

It is .97 ft high and .42 ft in diameter at the base. The bottle was made in a post-bottom mold, as evidenced by the side seams, and the tooled rim is flanged.

The bottle could date anywhere from 1885 to 1900s, but small dots on the bottle, air vents from the molding process, suggest it is the later portion of the date range.

Note: We will be digging at Port Tobacco on Sunday with the George Washington University Archaeology Club from 9-3. Anyone is welcome to join.