Archaeology in Annapolis was a city-wide excavation of Maryland’s capital city whose purpose was to recover and teach with the below ground remains of materials from the 1680’s to today. Archaeology in Annapolis is a part of the Department of Anthropology of the University of Maryland, College Park and has been, and in some cases remains, partners with Historic Annapolis Foundation, the Banneker-Douglass Museum, Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation, and the City of Annapolis. The project was begun in 1981 and continues to work in the City and to excavate on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The project works to provide understanding of the many peoples who have made up the City in the past and present. Under the direction of Mark P. Leone, the organization has conducted over forty excavations in the historic area of Maryland’s capitol city as well as in Queen Anne and Talbot Counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, including Wye House Plantation. This collection includes archaeological site reports, technical reports, and dissertations produced by the project between 1985 and the present. Where possible, separate files for artifact catalogs have been provided.
A physical component of the collection is housed in the National Trust room of Hornbake Library on the University of Maryland campus. It contains copies of site reports, field notes, drawings, slides, contact sheets, photographs, historic research, oral history transcripts, artifact cataloging sheets, analytical notes, dissertations, scholarly and public papers, presentations, journal articles, administrative planning notes, correspondence, visitor evaluations, press releases, brochures, exhibition planning notes and grant proposals.
(1988) Shackel, Paul A.; Galke, Laura J.; Austin, P.
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.