2016 Field Report 2

Thursday, June 23, 2016 As the cemetery looks presently

The Johnson’s Island Confederate Cemetery contains approximately 230 Confederate Officers and enlisted that died while imprisoned at the island. During the Civil War, the prisoners who were either executed, died from illness or some other cause, were buried in the cemetery. When a prisoner died, his companions or fellow prisoners would carry them down to […]

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2016 Field Report 1

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 A 2-meter square unit excavated to subsoil

Monday, June 6, was the first day of this year’s field school! It consisted of orientation at both the Heidelberg University Archaeology lab and the prison site on Johnson’s Island. In the lab, we learned how to identify and wash artifacts, while keeping them all properly sorted by provenience (their precise location). After becoming familiar with […]

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After the Field: Laboratory Analysis

Monday, July 6, 2015

At the Center for Historic and Military Archaeology, Heidelberg University Although working in the field is a major component of archaeology, lab work comprises the majority of an archaeologist’s time. The lab is where everything comes together, be it analysis, background research, or actual artifact refitting. There are a multitude of tasks done in the […]

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Feature Discovery and Identification, Recording, and Excavation

Thursday, July 2, 2015 Recording Cultural Material in the Latrine

One of the many things that take place during our field school is the excavation, discovery, identification and recording of features. Features are identified during the course of excavation at Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison. A feature is an identifiable variation or change in the soil involving color, composition or texture. These can be identified […]

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The Glass of Johnson’s Island

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 green glass inkwell base

While digging in the majority of our units, the most obvious artifacts are typically pieces of glass, both large and small. The sheen of the glass in the sunlight illuminates it and separates it from the rest of the soil. Whether the color of the glass is dark green, amber, light green, or clear when […]

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