The Tools of the Trade

Last month, a former AAHA team member, Chris Dwan, was featured on the Marshalltown Company Facebook page. The post features a photo of Chris using a Marshalltown trowel to excavate one of the many test units opened at the Cloverfields Site in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland; a merchant plantation site that served as a colonial Eastern Shore hub of commerce and the home of Hemsley Family for almost 200 years.

AAHA has been conducting excavations at Cloverfields since January 2018 and Chris Dwan has been an invaluable member of the Cloverfields archaeological team. Many of the archaeologists excavating at Cloverfields use Marshalltown trowels, and according to Chris “they’re the best ones for the job!”

Chris Dwan excavates at Cloverfields

Chris has since moved on to begin a doctorate program in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, where his research scope will be “landscape stability and the foundation of social memory in prehistoric Britain.” The AAHA team is looking forward to working with Chris and his lightning troweling skills again after he receives his PhD in 2021.

Author: Kristen Browne

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.