Excavations at St. Anne's Churchyard, 18AP43, Church Circle, Annapolis, Maryland
Shackel, Paul A.
Galke, Laura J.
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Archaeological investigations at St. Anne's Churchyard, I8AP43, Annapolis, Maryland were conducted at three different times. First, in 1985, were the archaeological excavations of a trench in the churchyard which was to be disturbed by Baltimore, Gas and Electric. This area was previously disturbed as several disarticulated human bones were found. Second, in 1987, there was an excavation in the east yard to explore the brick feature which was being impacted by the digging of a planting hole. Archaeological explorations revealed a burial vault. In that same year, there were excavations in an area that was to be impacted by the construction of a ramp for handicap access. These explorations revealed several haphazardly placed burials all facing in an east-west direction. There was a significant amount of alterations in the churchyard during the past two years, especially with the planting of trees and the trenching for an underground sprinkler system. There has been some previous disturbance in the churchyard, when gas and water lines were laid as early as the late 19th century, but on the whole, there are many undisturbed colonial burials still intact. St. Anne's is an important cultural resource, and any other alterations to the yard should be preceded only by controlled excavations.