I survived my trip to Maryland! It was about 18 hours from Orlando to Alexandria, Virginia, where the head archaeologist picked me up for the drive down to St. Mary’s City. St. Mary’s College of Maryland is a small, rural school with pretty much nothing anywhere near it except the museum site where I’ll be working. I like it though, the campus is beautiful and very wooded, it reminds me of Michigan.
We had three days of lectures on field methods, history, and some of the artifacts we’ll encounter, then two days in the field. Yesterday my group learned to use the surveying equipment, plotted a new square & started taking off the topsoil, today we finished the topsoil & dug through a layer of pea gravel that nobody expected to be there. We haven’t found anything really big but in sifting all of that dirt we came across lots of little bits of brick & coal, some nails, & a few pieces of ceramic & clay pipe stems. Digging holes and picking through dirt really is the best thing ever.
So here I am for the next couple of months. Should be interesting!