For July Fifth, I am going to share a classic Time Team episode: Maryland, USA. The team explores St. Mary’s City, Maryland. It is one of the earliest colonial sites in America. A park grew up around the area with reconstructed buildings. Time Team will work with the American archeologists to continue to excavate the site.
They plan to look at the cemetery, which could be the biggest colonial cemetery that they know of. Then they look at St. Peter’s a brick manor house. It was the biggest home in the colony. Finally, they will look for the original fort. There are two possible spots where the fort could be. The geophysics team had gotten a start on the site. It was the first time that geophysics was used on the St. Mary’s site.
1694 the St. Peter’s home was destroyed by gun powder, so they are using a magnetometer to determine where the house was. The funny piece about this is that all electronics needed American adapters. They found a clear building in the results. The St. Peter’s site had been dug before to determine where the house was, unfortunately, the person did not leave any records as to the location of the building. The archeologists begin digging. They find the walls of the house based on geophysics.
In the 1630s the chapel was built and the Time Team looks to see how big the cemetery was. The site manager shows the Time Team a burial that happened.
The team moves to the fort and may have found the site of the original fort. The site manager is cautious about it because the site was used as part of the 300th Anniversary of Maryland. Tony Robinson mentions that it is typical Time Team: staring off with two sites, wanting to narrow it down to three but then ending up with three sites.
Tony comments that American Archeologists are different from British Archeologists in that the Americans work slower than their British counterparts. The site manager points out that American history is not as deep in the ground as British history and so they do take their time to find out what they can about a site. Tony asks Phil if he is coming to an understanding in regards to the work speed. Phil is saying he is adapting. Tony comments that the American way does not miss a thing and that they found a musket ball as a result of the approach.
Stewart that he found the correct site for the original fort. The site manager is not sure about that assertion. He found more air photos of the site that show faint walls and towers. From the available evidence, the St. Mary’s fort had four sides. Stewart has been finding additional effort for the location of the fort. The landscape is helping firm his assertions as to the true location of the fort. Did Stewart find the true location of the fort? Continue to watch to find out.
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I am glad to finally be able to share a blog about Time Team. It is a fantastic show with a variety of topics teachers can choose from.
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