Field Reports for 2009

2009 Field Report 6

Monday, July 20, 2009 Figure1_cemetery

The following update was prepared by the 18 teachers that were enrolled in two graduate education courses at Heidelberg University geared towards utilizing the Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison archaeological study for middle school and high school use. They were asked just to present some aspect of the experience for the AIA readers. I hope […]

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2009 Field Report 5

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 IMG_0549

Very. Small. Rocks. In the beginning, it all looked the same. Bucket after bucket, screen after screen, a seemingly endless supply of very small rocks filled our working days. But as we approached the end of that first week, we began to look into those screens from a new perspective. It was not simply a […]

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Hard Rubber Ring Discovered

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 FS8035Sqrsm

Today, July 7, 2009, Hannah (a student in the Heidelberg University archaeological field school) discovered this hard rubber ring in the 1862-1863 prison hospital latrine.  The ring is made from hard rubber, first patented in 1851.  Prisoners made this jewelry to send to their families, friends, and to sell to fellow prisoners.  Several prisoners were […]

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A “Vessel Cluster” of Mystery

Sunday, July 5, 2009 Figure 1

by Juli, Phil, and Tim One of the more intriguing finds of the past couple of weeks has been the fragments (referred to collectively as the “vessel cluster”) of a Kaolin clay tobacco pipe unearthed while excavating Block 6, the hospital block (Figure 1). Kaolin, a soft, white mineral, was first mined centuries ago in […]

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2009 Field Report 4

Thursday, July 2, 2009 The first level of the latrine excavation

Our excitement this week has been narrowly focused on feature 40, the latrine. Although we do find important items in the hospital block, in feature 40 we are presented with a unique opportunity. We know the exact dates that this latrine was in use, affording us a snapshot in time of the everyday life of […]

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2009 Field Report 3

Friday, June 26, 2009 Figure 1

Text and photos by the students of the field school Historical archaeology, like archaeology in general, must focus on key aspects of research while maintaining meticulous documentation.  In order to achieve this, multiple levels of technology are required.  Low-tech resources such as trowels and shovels are as important as more sophisticated tools such as digital […]

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2009 Field Report 2

Friday, June 19, 2009 [image]

Bags unpacked, refrigerators stocked, trowels and plums in hand… The 2009 Heidelberg University Archaeological Field Crew is in the house! Like surfers in search of the perfect wave, we arrived this past week from distant, and not so distant places, from California and Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio, drawn here by the perfect dig, a […]

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2009 Field Report 1

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 18june09_1

This year we have a very diverse group of students in the Heidelberg University field school. They come from all ends of the country and have quite a varied background. The first week we worked on the interior of Block 6. We will be continuing this part of the excavation throughout the summer. We have […]

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