Copy of It's Not Just Digging Holes! A Peak Inside the AAHA Lab

As part of the continuing coverage of the Cloverfields excavations, Joe Stephens of StratDV interviewed AAHA’s Lab Director Alexandra Glass. In this video, Alex takes us through the process that artifacts have to go through once they are excavated by AAHA’s Field Technicians.

Don’t forget that you can sign up to receive the official Cloverfields’ Newsletter here:

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Probably the Most Exciting Archaeological Project Currently Being Undertaken in Maryland

Since early 2018, AAHA has been involved with the investigation, documentation and restoration of the Cloverfields house and gardens.  This is a fantastic project that will provide excellent research material for future archaeologists and those involved with historic preservation.  Kimmel Studio Architects have been producing and distributing a monthly newsletter to inform anyone interested in the project’s progress. 

AAHA has been providing monthly content regarding the myriad historic artifacts, more than 40,000, that have been recovered during the excavations.  In October 2018, AAHA Vice President Jason Tyler was interviewed on the progress so far as well as what makes this project special:

https://www.cloverfieldspreservationfoundation.org/newsletters/2018/10/15/historic-preservation-newsletter-kimmel-archaeology-update

To follow along with what must me one of the most exciting projects currently being undertaken within Maryland, anyone can sign up to receive the newsletter here:

https://www.cloverfieldspreservationfoundation.org/news-1/

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Applied Archaeology Looks Forward After a Fantastic 2018

Building on 2017, which was AAHA’s best year since the Great Recession, 2018 proved to be the best ever year for the company.  Working on two separate MDSHA open-end Cultural Resource contracts, AAHA successfully completed Maryland State Highway projects in Alleghany, Dorchester, Garrett, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, while also working for commercial clients on a number of in Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, and Queen Anne’s County as well as within Baltimore City.  AAHA also worked with a number of non-profit organizations to assist them with their archaeological needs. 

Without a doubt, the highlight of 2018 has been AAHA’s collaboration with a team of specialists on the investigation, documentation and restoration of the Cloverfields house and gardens.  Currently owned by the Cloverfields Preservation Foundation, the property has been held in the hands of only two families since it was constructed in 1705.  During the first half of 2018, AAHA worked with architectural historian Willie Graham, dendrochronologist Mick Worthington, historian Sherri Marsh-Johns, geophysical expert Tim Horsley, architect Devin Kimmel and construction specialists Lynbrook of Annapolis, as well as many others, to investigate and document the house.  Based on their findings, the team recommended restoration of the house and grounds to the 1780’s with a focus on 1784.  AAHA continues to actively work on the investigation of the cultural landscaping surrounding the house as well as that of the house’s formal gardens.

The coming year is already shaping up to be equally busy, but with the addition of 11 new staff members, including new Project Archaeologists Brett Arnold and Matt Cochran as well as Lab Director Alex Glass, AAHA is well placed to build on the successes of 2018 and to help you meet all of your cultural resource management needs.

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A Race Against Time: Maryland Archaeology and the Quest to Recover History

Kirsti Uunila, Historic Preservation Planner for Calvert County, and Jason Tyler, AAHA Vice President, were recently interviewed by Stephanie Sperling of the Lost Towns Project in Anne Arundel County, regarding AAHA's recent work in Battle Creek and Hunting Creek in Calvert County.   Stephanie has put together a great video that incorporates part of the interview and highlights the imminent threat to Maryland's cultural resources from Climate Change and associated weather events.

Research indicates that one-third of archaeological sites in Anne Arundel County are threatened by weather and other natural hazards.

Find out what measures are being taken and how you can help by watching The Lost Towns Project video, which was produced in collaboration with Anne Arundel County and supported by Preservation Maryland's Heritage Fund Grant.