July 4, 2020

Celebrating July 4th 2020

Celebrating July 4th in 2020 is a little different than previous years.  Last year CCASM was at an Independence Day event at Smallwood Retreat. 

We created a number of activities for the event.  Even though we can't meet in person, we can share one of the activities - a broken Betsy Ross Flag "plate" that could be mended.  It had been broken into thirteen pieces.

Here are the pieces that you can print, cut out, and try to put together, and also what the mended plate looks like.
 



June 13, 2020

Upcoming on-line webinars and lectures

  
Here's an upcoming free webinar (part of the Historic Sotterley Speaker Series) -
  • Wednesday, June 24, 7pm
    Diving for History: Never Too Old to Play in the Mud!

    Conducting underwater archaeological reconnaissance, David Howe discusses his work to locate, research, assess, and preserve submerged historic sites.
    From Washington’s miniature ship, The Federalist, to numerous Civil War sites, Mr. Howe shares the methods, mission, and madness associated with mapping and identifying the underwater “museums” that haunt the Mid-Atlantic waterways.
        link to register

Here's an upcoming virtual discussion panel (sponsored by The Society of Black Archaeologists)
  • Thursday June 25th 4:10–6:00pm EDT via ZOOM
    Archaeology in the Time of Black Lives Matter
    A panel discussion, facilitated by Maria Franklin & Justin Dunnavant. With Alexandra Jones, Alicia Odewale & Tsione Wolde-Michael. Chaired by Ayana Flewellen.
    Where does archaeology sit in relation to Black Lives Matter and how might we find ways to engage with the insights and challenges of this moment in our archaeological practice? How do we move beyond statements of solidarity against anti-Black racism and towards making sustainable systemic changes in the discipline? And what might that change look like?
    Read more  at link to register

And you might want to check out other on-line lectures on the  CCASM Upcoming Free Webinars, On-line Lectures page.
The link to the page is in the Menu on the right under What's Happening.
(On cell phones you will find it in the second drop-down list at the top of the page.)

May 20, 2020

New CCASM Board Members (June 2020 - May 2022)

The newly elected CCASM Officers and Members at Large for June 2020 - May 2022 are
  • President                   Carol Cowherd
  • Vice-President          Patricia Vazquez
  • Secretary                   Douglas Zabel
  • Treasurer                   Elsie Picyk
  • Members at Large    Michael Creveling,  Peggy Knoernschild
They would definitely appreciate your ideas and your support in implementing those ideas.

2020 Annual CCASM Meeting - a little different

CCASM normally has its annual meeting at the May meeting, and for the past few years this has included a Pot Luck Supper and a presentation.  But this year we are social distancing and could not meet.

How could we have the meeting?  A lot of organizations are doing video conferencing.  But without a presentation, how many people would want to attend a virtual business meeting to hear people reading reports?  Probably not that many.

So this year's meeting was an e-mail on May 13.  The body of the e-mail contained the President's introductory remarks.  Attachments included the President's Report of what the organization had been doing the past twelve months, the 2019_2020 Annual Summary Treasurer Report, and the Minutes of the 2019 Annual Meeting.  So instead of listening to the reports, members could read them.  Members having something they wanted to discuss were asked to e-mail us and we would follow up.  Nobody has so far.  The predicted results (voting was open through May 15) of the election for the CCASM Board were also announced. 

Members who responded to the e-mail were counted as attending the meeting.  Six members "attended".

Looking forward to having meetings where we can see and talk to each other again.




April 23, 2020

2008, 2009 Field Sessions at Port Tobacco - More Photos

Unlike the Field Sessions in the 1980's there are lots of photos for Field Sessions on-line at the ASM Website starting in 2002 thanks to John Fiveash.  John continues to take photos at all the ASM events.

Port Tobacco (18CH94 / 18CH765)
The Port Tobacco Site is located in the current day Port Tobacco Village and includes sites from 18th century Colonial town and 19th century county seat as well as possible Late Archaic camps and Woodland camps.
Here are some of the photos that John took of people participating in the 2008, 2009 Port Tobacco Field Sessions.  (How many do you recognize?)

From 2008


From 2009

For all of the on-line photos, check out



    2009 Port Tobacco Field Session Photos

And don't forget the photos in the previous blog posting 2008, 2009 Field Session 

April 21, 2020

2008, 2009 Field Sessions at Port Tobacco

As we continue to look at the previous Field Sessions conducted in Charles County by ASM and MGS/MHT, here is information about the Port Tobacco Field Sessions.

Port Tobacco (18CH94 / 18CH765)
The Port Tobacco Site is located in the current day Port Tobacco Village and includes sites from 18th century Colonial town and 19th century county seat as well as possible Late Archaic camps and Woodland camps.

In 2008 and 2009 ASM and the MHT Office of Archaeology conducted two  ten-day Field Sessions at the site with the investigations led by  Jim Gibb.  Previously in 2007 ASM and MHT had dug shovel test pits within the village.  This led to the selection of several loci for further investigation during the Field Sessions.  Work at Port Tobacco was done in partnership with local property owners that included the Sociaty for the Restoration of Port Tobacco. 

Since we are highlighting partnerships, here are some photos of people participating in the Field Sessions.  ( Since I was at these Field Sessions I recognize a number of the people.  Do you? Remember it's around 2008.)

 

The above photos were provided by Dr. April Biesaw.  Stay tuned for more photos provided by John Fiveash.   2008, 2009 Field Sessions-more photos  There are lots of photos.

To see an overview of all Field Sessions - https://mdarchaeology.github.io/Annual-Field-Sessions/
(Note: only forty-nine are listed since the fiftieth is to be some time this year -hopefully.)

April 19, 2020

April declared Charles County Archaeology Month (2020)

At a virtual meeting the Charles County Commissioners proclaimed the month of April as Archaeology Month in Charles County (to coincide with Maryland Archaeology Month).  The proclamation sites the rich history and heritage of Charles County, exemplified by historic buildings, cultural landmarks, natural features, and local rituals.  It also recognizes that the county is enhanced by historic preservation associations, groups, and professionals who donate countless hours and dollars to preserve that history.

Unlike previous years the proclamation was mailed to CCASM, and there is no picture with the Commissioners.  Usually CCASM gives each of the Commissioners a Maryland Archaeology Month poster and booklet, but that will need to be sent later when things start to open up again.

April 11, 2020

1988, 1989 Field Sessions at Chapel Point

As we continue to look at the previous Field Sessions conducted in Charles County by ASM and MGS/MHT, here is information about the Chapel Point Field Sessions.

Chapel Point (18CH79)
The Chapel Point Site includes an Early and Late Archaic short-term camp, an Early-Late Woodland shell midden, and an 17th-19th century cemetery.

In 1988 and 1889 ASM and MGS conducted two ten-day Field Sessions at the site with the investigations led by  Dennis Curry and Maureen Kavanagh.  The site was selected due to the severe erosion of the shell midden deposits where a bluff overlooked the Port Tobacco River.  The primary source of the shell midden appears to date to the Popes Creek cultural period.

Since we are highlighting partnerships, here are some photos of people participating in the Field Sessions.  (Can you identify any of the people in the photos?  Remember it's around 1988.  I do recognize one person.)

Source: Dennis Curry
Source: Dennis Curry
Source: Dennis Curry
Source: MHT Office of Archaeology
Source: Dennis Curry

To see an overview of all Field Sessions - https://mdarchaeology.github.io/Annual-Field-Sessions/
(Note: only forty-nine are listed since the fiftieth is to be some time this year -hopefully.)

April 4, 2020

1985 Field Session at Popes Creek

This year's theme for Maryland Archaeology Month is "Partners in Pursuit of the Past: 50 Field Sessions in Maryland Archeology".  The theme is highlighting the those involved in the Fields Sessions sponsored by the Archeological Society of Maryland(ASM) and the Maryland Historical Trust (previously the Maryland Geographical Survey Department of Archaeology). 

Five of the Field Sessions (three sites) investigated were in Charles County: 1985 (Popes Creek); 1988, 1989 (Chapel Point); and 2008, 2009 (Port Tobacco).  Let's look at each of these sites starting with Popes Creek.

Popes Creek(18CH74)
The Popes Creek Site is an Early Archaic through Late Woodland site containing a large shell midden and a late 19th century lime kiln.  The site and its deposits were described by William Henry Holmes in 1907. 

In 1985 ASM and the Maryland Geographical Survey Division of Archaeology (MGS) conducted a ten-day Field Session at the site with the investigation led by Joe McNamara.   Forty-seven 1m x 1m contiguous excavation units in two areas of the upper terrace were excavated.  

Since we are highlighting partnerships, here are some photos of people participating in the Fields Session.  (Sorry, can't identify the people in the photos.  Can you?  Remember it's 1985.)

Source: MHT Office of Archeology
Source: MHT Office of Archeology
Source: MHT Office of Archeology
Source: MHT Office of Archeology
Source: MHT Office of Archeology

To see an overview of all Field Sessions - https://mdarchaeology.github.io/Annual-Field-Sessions/
(Note: only forty-nine are listed since the fiftieth is to be some time this year -hopefully.)

March 31, 2020

Library Displays (that were not to be)

CCASM planned to create displays celebrating Maryland Archaeology Month for two Charles County Library Branches (LaPlata and Potomac) during the month of April.  As you know the Charles County Libraries were closed in response to corona virus concerns.  So no one would have seen the displays.

Although we did not complete the displays, we did create plans for what to put on the back of the displays.  The theme this year irecognizes the partnerships and people for the (almost) fifty annual Field Sessions.  So the displays highlight the people that participated in the five Field Sessions held in Charles County - Popes Creek (1985), Chapel Point (1988,1989), and Port Tobacco (2008, 2009). 

Here is what you might have seen at the libraries.

LaPlata Library (draft)

Potomac Library (draft)