Ocean City, MD March 10 – 13, 2016
St. Mary’s College’s Anthropology faculty, students and alums recently attended the 46th annual Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference (MAAC) in Ocean City, Maryland, where they shared research findings with their colleagues. Professional archaeologists, historians, and students gather each year for three days of papers, discussion groups, and special workshops. Anthropology senior Rebecca Webster (’16) received a travel scholarship award from the Council for Maryland Archeology to attend the conference and present a preview of her St. Mary’s Project (SMP) in a paper titled “Re-Examining Seventeenth Century Beads from the Chesapeake.” Anthropology senior Morgan Jenkins-Houk (’16) also presented findings from her SMP in a paper entitled, “What Do the Pots Say? The Effect of Colonial English Social Expectations on Native American Pot Form.” Junior Catherine Dye (’17) presented a paper based upon research carried out by students in Professor Julia King’s Anthropological Research Methods class this past fall, “The Indian Town of Secowocomoco: Archaeological Investigations at Lower Brambly.”
SMCM Anthropology alums Elizabeth McCague (’15) and Scott Jaworski (’15) also attended the conference and gave presentations about their archaeological work at James Madison’s Montpelier.
SMCM anthropology faculty were also active in this year’s conference: Julia King served as a discussant for one symposium and participated in “Archaeological Speed Dating,” an afternoon designed to introduce students to professionals in the field. Liza Gijanto talked about her work at Cremona in a paper entitled “Between the Local and Global: West Ashcomb Estate in the 17th and 18th Century.” Steven Lenik delivered his paper, “Jesuit Missions in Maryland and Martinique: An Atlantic Perspective,” and Patricia Samford reported “The Hawksmoor Cache; Whose Magic is It?”