Archaeology in Annapolis

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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.

The Sites in this Collection Include:

The Dissertations in this Collection Include:

Benjamin Skolnik (2019): "The Real Distance Was Great Enough": Remapping A Multivalent Plantation Landscape Using Historical Geographic Information Systems (HGIS)

Elizabeth Pruitt (2015): Reordering the Landscape: Science, Nature, and Spirituality at Wye House

Kathryn Deeley (2015): Double “Double Consciousness”: An Archaeology of African American Class and Identity in Annapolis, Maryland, 1850-1930

Amanda Tang (2014): 'Fried Chicken Belongs to All of Us': The Zooarchaeology of Enslaved Foodways on the Long Green, Wye Houe (18TA314), Talbot County, Maryland

Jocelyn Knauf (2013): Brought Up Carefully: The Archaeology of Women, Race Relations, Domesticity, and Modernization in Annapolis, Maryland, 1865-1930

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