At Home and Abroad: Travel as an Archaeological Problem

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  • Beating the Bounds (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Julia King.

    "Beating the bounds" was a typically local but highly symbolic and even quasi-religious ritual or custom originating in medieval England that served to mark the territorial limits of the village or parish.  This paper uses material culture, including landscape, to examine how Charles Calvert, the third Lord Baltimore, used everyday travel in Maryland as a colonial form of beating the bounds. Calvert’s travel was driven in part because of the heavy investment his family had made in the colony,...

  • Canadians Abroad in 1927: The Ashbridges do England! (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Dena Doroszenko.

    The Ashbridge family were one of the founding families in Toronto and their homestead represents the earliest still remaining within the City. The Ashbridge estate collection as donated to the Trust included household and personal artifacts, and archival documents. These document the personal characteristics, tastes and influences which affected six generations of the family. Archaeological excavations have occurred on the property in 1987-1988, and from 1997 until 2001. Within the ceramic...

  • The Foundation of Meaning (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Philip Levy.

    Sometime in the 1870s, a small set of subterranean stones became an object of importance and pilgrimage. Promoters, travel writers, and visitors claimed that the stones were the original foundations of George Washington’s boyhood home near Fredericksburg Virginia. The site was already well known as the site of Parson Weems’s famous Cherry Tree parable, but as the landscape recovered from the Civil War, residents look for other ways to have a less troubled American past. Washington provided the...

  • Horse Culture and English Customs: The Importance of the Saddle Horse in 18th-Century English Colonies (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Sara J Rivers Cofield.

    Research into the origin of horse furniture found in colonial assemblages in Maryland has revealed new information about the predominance of saddle horses for travel there. English Customs records from 1697 to 1770 illustrate that more bridles and saddles of English manufacture were imported to Maryland and Virginia than to any other English colony in the New World, indicating that saddle horses may have been far more important in the Chesapeake than in other English colonies. This paper looks...

  • Legitimizing Atlantis: The Use of Artificial Archaeology to Establish Heritage and a Sense of Place at the Atlantis Resort, Bahamas (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Jane Baxter.

    The Atlantis Resort is a formidable presence on the landscape and a tourist destination that overshadows other Bahamian resorts.  The Atlantis theme has made the resort a popular topic in archaeological discussions of pseudoarchaeology, and the exhibit named "The Dig" in the lower level of the resort makes this artificial past widely accessible.  Attending ten tours through "The Dig" in the summer of 2011 facilitated an analysis of how the Atlantian past is presented to tourists, and how...

  • "Sloops of 30 Tuns are Carried Overland in This Place":  Cart Roads, Trade, and Settlement in the Northern Delmarva Peninsula, C. 1670-1800. (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Ian Burrow. William Liebeknecht.

    Since 2008 numerous previously unknown early colonial homestead sites have been discovered in association with a network of cart roads established from the 1670’s to connect the Upper Chesapeake Bay with the lower Delaware River.  The research, commissioned by the Delaware Department of Transportation as part of the U.S. Route 301 highway project, is drastically revising models of settlement in the region.  The cart roads were used for both legal commerce and an extensive illicit trade, the...