Boston University Department of Archaeology undergraduate major, Elizabeth Mauer, was interested in some ancient textile fragments we have in the Gabel Museum of Archaeology while she was looking for a project to do in Professor Curtis Runnels course CAS AR 206, Ancient Technology. Her research led to some experimental work, and here is a published version of the paper she did for Professor Runnels class.
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Here are several photos from Hank Lutton’s current excavation on behalf of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Va. He is supervising Phase II of an extant ca. 1760 brick dwelling house, the Rabon-Saunders House on Ireland Street. While most of the historic stratigraphy has been displaced by late nineteenth and twentieth-century activities, they have recovered evidence of several outbuildings including a largely intact 8 by 10 foot brick footing for an eighteenth-century outbuilding, a fourth quarter nineteenth-century chimney base, a large, oblong, and enigmatic eighteenth-century pit feature they are still trying to ascertain the purpose of, a large eighteenth-century chimney base presumably from the original kitchen, and a ca. 1835-40 brick bat walkway. The attached files includes photos of several members of the crew and Hank with the eighteenth-century kitchen chimney base and second quarter nineteenth-century brick bat walkway. One shot shows the relationship with the house–which clearly leads from what would have been the original back door and cellar entrance to seal the earlier kitchen. The profile of Hank (taken by Rob Hunter (of “Ceramics in America” fame) shows him displaying a mid-twentieth-century Coca-Cola bottle manufactured in Bangor, Maine with the eighteenth-century Rabon-Saunders dwelling house behind Hank.
Professor Christopher Roosevelt tested his latest research tool: a remote-controlled hexacopter. The small six-rotor flying tool, equipped with a camera, will be used in Turkey by the Central Lydia Archaeological Survey, a Boston University archaeological project under the co-direction of Christopher Roosevelt, associate professor of archaeology, and Christina Luke, senior lecturer in archaeology.
BU Arts and Science article, March 28, 2013 click for more
e Science News on PHYS ORG article, March 29, 2013 click for more
294 Steps to Class
BU archaeology course teaches memorials’ meanings aren’t set in stone
Class by class, lecture by lecture, question asked by question answered, an education is built. This is one of a series of visits to one class, on one day, in search of those building blocks at BU.
Sweating, panting, pausing for breath, and occasionally taking the Lord’s name in vain, Andrea Berlin’s six students troop up the 294 steps of the Bunker Hill Monument. “You told me there were 275. You lied,” one tells the professor. Read more.
Franco Rossi and Aviva Cormier find fragment of a human skull at the Professor William Saturno site in Xultún, Guatemala.