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Saturday, May 1, 2010

An Old Maryland Plantation

Today we had the fourth session of our archaeology course and the first that we actually got hands on.

This visit was to the Needwood Mansion between Rockville and Olney. There was a couple dressed as the Robertsons who owned the plantation at the time of the Civil War. Staying in character, they complained of the Yankee Army looting their belongings and their slaves running off.

After touring the mansion, we then organized into groups and began to dig.

We then sifted the dirt through screens in search of artifacts. We didn't find anything dramatic, just some glass and a nail which we placed in a bag and documented for further study by experts. It was fun, and we learned a lot about the process.

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