Dark Sky: Predict the Weather while in the Field

Dark Sky: Predict the Weather while in the Field

One of the most difficult judgements that is made during an archaeological excavation never has to do with the ground: it always has to do with the sky. Is it going to rain? When is it going to rain? Are those dark clouds headed this way? Do we have 10 minutes until they get there, […]

On Slave and Tenant Quarters and the Importance of Naming

On Slave and Tenant Quarters and the Importance of Naming

Posted by on Jun 23, 2013 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | 7 Comments

For the past seven years, I have been conducting my dissertation research on two former slave and tenant quarter at Historic St. Mary’s City. One of the buildings, a duplex quarter, still stands, although not in its original place. Over the past year, we’ve made a number of strides towards being more public about the […]

Day of Digital Humanities

Day of Digital Humanities

Hi all….Just wanted to alert you that today is Day of Digital Humanities, when digital humanists around the globe highlight their daily activities on the interwebs. MSU is hosting the event this year, and I’ll be contributing a few posts during the day over on the collaborative blog they have put up. You can also […]

The Shaker Screen Video and FocusDesign Screens

The Shaker Screen Video and FocusDesign Screens

A few years ago, while I was still the Campus Archaeologist with the MSU Campus Archaeology Program, Chris Stawski and I were messing around with a FlipVideo camera on a tiny project located behind the MSU library. We had always wanted to get more into using video for our public engagement, but the time and […]

A Session on Digital heritage and archaeology at SHA 2013 in Leicester

A Session on Digital heritage and archaeology at SHA 2013 in Leicester

For this year’s Society for Historical Archaeology Conference, I am organizing a session called Digital Heritage and Archaeology: Applications of Web-based Technology for Community Engagement. The impetus for this session came from a number of directions. First, I was in the process of building a digital exhibit myself, and figured I’d have enough to contribute […]

New Posts at Walk Together Exhibit and Blog

New Posts at Walk Together Exhibit and Blog

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | No Comments

A lot of my blog post efforts are being directed towards the new digital exhibit that I built with Historic St. Mary’s City, “All of Us Would Walk Together”. These posts are about the research that I’m currently undergoing, and will discuss historical research, archaeological analysis, and a variety of other things relating to the […]

It’s Fall, Y’all.

It’s Fall, Y’all.

So, I put together a playlist inspired by the changing of the leaves, which is starting to happen here in Virginia. It will accompany me while I get started on my Colonial Williamsburg African American History and Culture Fellowship, which is letting me get through some of the resources the Rockefeller Library has on the […]

Shucking Oysters in Bushwood, Maryland

Shucking Oysters in Bushwood, Maryland

This weekend, Ashleigh and I spent the three days in Bushwood, Maryland, celebrating my cousin’s wedding. Bushwood is a small rural town located in St. Mary’s County’s seventh district. Which, if you’re from Southern Maryland, you know has a rich and unique culture. While my Aunt Lucy and Uncle Donald aren’t originally from the area, […]

The Launch of the Digital Exhibit, and Some Thank Yous

The Launch of the Digital Exhibit, and Some Thank Yous

Today, Historic St. Mary’s City sent out the press release regarding the launch of the digital exhibit that I’ve been working on all summer…I then promptly sent emails, tweets, facebook posts, and telegrams to every person who I’ve ever interacted with. The website is officially live, and has been a labor of love for the […]

An October in St. Mary’s City Playlist

An October in St. Mary’s City Playlist

I’m spending the week in St. Mary’s, which means lots of alone time in the basement lab late at night. I try to make the most of these trips by spending a lot of time at the Lab, looking over artifacts. While it’s always nice to work with other people around, I tend to get […]