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The Mount Vernon Midden Project - presenting archaeological collections

Author(s): Mark Freeman ; Eleanor Breen

Year: 2014

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The Mount Vernon Midden Project website showcases archaeological collections from Mount Vernon, George Washington’’s Potomac plantation. The midden website presents over 700 selected objects, each with catalog information, images and ‘public text.’ Additionally the objects are tagged, and linked to thematic articles (gender, consumerism etc.) and object types (shot, beads, tea etc.). The archaeological collections are also integrated with several primary documentary sources: ‘ a local account book, and Washington’s orders and invoices.Both in design and content the site is intended to serve audiences outside of archaeology, while maintaining a scholarly focus. This paper examines how this website promotes the use of primary archaeological data, and how it attempts to integrate multiple primary sources, and other contextual material.

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The Mount Vernon Midden Project - presenting archaeological collections. Mark Freeman, Eleanor Breen. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437321)

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PaperId(s): SYM-75,06

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