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"The enemy are in full march for Washington": The Search for the 1812 British Encampment at Nottingham

Author(s): Emily Swain

Year: 2016

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On the night of August 21st, 1814, British troops under the command of General Robert Ross camped at Nottingham in Prince George’s County, Maryland, while on their march to burn Washington, D.C. Nearly 200 years later in 2010, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission began a multi-year survey at Nottingham with the goals of finding evidence of the encampment and of the nearby colonial town, established in 1706. Using a map drawn by a British engineer travelling with the troops, we determined its probable location within an agricultural field. Based on the ephemeral nature of a temporary encampment and the likely presence of metal uniform parts, a metal detector survey was conducted at the proposed site of the encampment during the winter of 2010-2011. This paper will discuss the methodology and results of the survey.


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"The enemy are in full march for Washington": The Search for the 1812 British Encampment at Nottingham. Emily Swain. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434265)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 764

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America