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2011 Midwest Historical Archaeology Conference

Posted by Andrew Farry on August 3, 2011 in Archaeology, Uncategorized |
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The 2011 Midwest Historical Archaeology Conference is set for September 17, 2011 at the Michigan State University campus.  Click here for all conference information.

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How to Dig

Posted by Andrew Farry on December 14, 2010 in Archaeology |

BufferCurtin Archaeology Field Director Jon Vidulich shows us all what an excavation unit should look when done.   His handiwork here at a small precontact site in Saratoga County demonstrates the value of careful excavation, and what  a skilled archaeologist can do with shovel and trowel.  His unit looked like a perfect cube cut into the […]

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A Profusion of Pearlware

Posted by Andrew Farry on November 8, 2010 in Archaeology, Artifacts, Website Reviews |

BufferCataloging the historic artifacts from a site in Delaware County, I find myself quite literally overloaded with pearlware ceramics.  These blue-tinted (and quite pretty) refined earthenwares “replaced” the slightly older creamware ceramics, and can be a common find on archaeological sites dating to the early nineteenth century.  Broadly speaking, pearlware ceramics date to 1780-1830, while […]

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Archaeological Survey and QuikGrid

Posted by Andrew Farry on July 8, 2010 in Archaeology, Software Reviews |

BufferA freeware program called QuikGrid is available here.  This is a great little program for generating- as you might have guessed- quick, visual displays of interpolated grids.  The program has all kinds of applications, but is particularly suited to archaeological survey.  Sample points such as shovel test pits can be quickly plotted as a grid, […]

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A GIS Music Montage

Posted by Andrew Farry on June 21, 2010 in Archaeology, GIS |

BufferLike most disciplines, archaeology benefits from the use of GIS and it’s ability to effectively manage complex spatial and tabular data sources.  One particular use of GIS is the rectification of historic maps with modern spatial data, a process whereby old maps are literally warped onto existing maps.  This produces an overlay sequence of spatial […]

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“Nasty Rods of Rust and Dirt”

Posted by Andrew Farry on June 1, 2010 in Archaeology, Artifacts |

BufferAnyone who has participated in an archaeological excavation learns very fast that one of the most common artifacts found are nails.  This is true no matter what type of site is excavated, be it a colonial military settlement, a rural farmstead context, or an urban site.  Such ubiquity can often have the unintended consequence of […]

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How Archaeologists Tell Time

Posted by Andrew Farry on May 27, 2010 in Archaeology, Artifacts |

BufferArchaeology is about telling time.  To be sure, knowledge of the spatial or formal properties of the sites we excavate is important, but if you can’t account for time, you can’t do archaeology.  Historical archaeologists infer time with a number of methods, but it really all comes down to careful artifact inspection and identification.  If […]

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