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2008 Field Session at Port Tobacco


Port Tobacco Site (18CH94), Charles County
June 13 - 23, 2008


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The Port Tobacco, 2008 Field Session was held at the Port Tobacco Site (18CH94) in Charles County from 13 to 23 June.

Shelters provide cover from rain or sun.
Tourists were common on the site. Paula describes what is going on in this unit.
Work on the first jail site gets underway.
Scott presents an interesting presentation on work he has done restoring old cemeteries.
Belinda, Antonella and Alex prepare for another day's hard work.
Angela and Kate work a screen near the driveway.
Steve shovels out a unit.
Barry, fitted out in the spiffy Port Tobacco t-shirt, works a screen.
Alex begins work on the first try at finding the jail.
Ghosts of earlier times begin to stir, wondering what the fuss is all about.
Dan provides relief for hot and sweaty volunteers by constructing a field shower for use by campers and Port Tobacco Project staff. (Lukewarm running showers are worth their weight in gold for my money!)
Peter and Stephen examine the remains in a screen for interesting tidbits.
As time goes on, excavators claim to hear 17th century music floating through the site.
More watchers than workers.
Charles County Commissioner Reuben Collins talks about the work done at Port Tobacco in support of the county's 350th anniversary.
April and Jim display an award for their work with the Society to Restore Port Tobacco.
Julie King talks to us about the search for the courthouse.
John accepts a Charles County proclamation honoring ASMs support of the Port Tobacco Archaeology Project.
Kate takes her turn at the screen.
Maddy on her first shot at working the screen.
Paula and Angela take it easy for a few minutes, watching others doing the hard work for a change. Charlie supervises a lab crew, cleaning with a vengence.
Scott with a machete. Not something you want to encounter. Steve chops and hauls out undergrowth from the jail site area.
Antonella gathers undergrowth to clear the jail area. Could the jail possibly be enveloped by this line of jungle like growth? Of course!
Screening at the native American area. At all units, screening takes place continually.
Scott works to document what little was seen in the trench. The first trench in the jail area didn't reveal much.
Dios and Angela work on documentation of the unit. Stephen observes Peter's work in the native American area.
Dios and Angela work on documentation of the unit. Peter watches Jim.
Angela tidies up prior to taking official pictures. Peter talks about the native American site.
Jim describes the layout of the cemetery site. Scott describes the phases that led to discovery of the jail site.
An exercise in identifying ceramics puzzles a group of excavators during Jim's ceramic lecture. Various types of bone were examined during the workshop.
A nice collection of broken buckleyware. Buckley, seen on edge, contains large gravely bit of temper.
Miscellaneous bit of metal found in one unit. Miscellaneous stoneware.
Paul, Steve and Valerie make fine use of Dan's custom built industrial screening machine. Valerie and Paul use Dan's new screen.
Elaine joined us for a single day. Lab workers often get to see the good stuff. Antonella works on the jail foundation.
April provides basic instruction in identifying mammal, fish, and bird bones April and Peter prepare to feed the hordes.
The courthouse, after dark, looks like a totally different place.

Thanks - The Archeological Society of Maryland, Inc. and the Maryland Historic Trust would like to thank residents of Port Tobacco and the members and supporters of the Port Tobacco Archeological Project. Without their granting access to the site and permitting us to use their facilities, this Field Session would not have happened.