2012 University of Mary Washington Field School in Archaeology at Stratford Hall Plantation

After 10 weeks in the field, another successful season of archaeology at Stratford Hall wrapped up earlier this month. Under the direction of Professor Douglas W. Sanford and assistants Andrew Wilkins, Luan Cao, and Kathleen O’Toole; 9 University of Mary Washington students learned the techniques of archaeological excavation, recording, mapping, photography, artifact identification, and engaged in weekly discussions of scholarly …

What’s Cooking in the Kitchen?

  Well, there may not be anything stewing on the coals (yet!), but the kitchen is getting a makeover! I’m Brenda Hornsby Heindl, summer intern and recent graduate of the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, and I’m reassessing the furnishings, room use, and interpretation of the Southeast Dependency/Kitchen building. After researching the restoration of the space in the early …

Archaeology Field School at Stratford Hall

For five weeks in May and June, Stratford Hall is once again hosting a Field School in Archaeology in cooperation with the University of Mary Washington’s Department of Historic Preservation. Under the direction of Dr. Douglas W. Sanford, students learn to survey, excavate, document, and interpret the archaeological record of Stratford’s 18th century landscapes. Students are housed on the plantation, …

Archaeology Intern

  Material culture, or the artifacts recovered from archaeological excavations, act as windows into the lifeways and mentalities of those who came before us. The act of unearthing something that hasn’t been held in two hundred years is really an indescribable experience and is what I love about archaeology. I hope to bring the same passion that I feel on …

2009 Field School Findings

  The 2009 Field School students departed on June 19 after 5 weeks of excavating in the field west of the Oval. Most of the test units are now backfilled, leaving just a few open for future study. The weather this summer was fairly cooperative since the intermittent rains kept the ground soft for digging. We enjoyed having the students …

Archaeological Field School at Work

  The 2009 Field School in Historical Archaeology is currently exploring the field near the Oval excavations in hopes of locating additional structures associated with the farm site there. Thirteen students from the University of Mary Washington’s Department of Historic Preservation are participating in a five-week summer school class to learn basic archaeological skills under the direction of Dr. Doug …