Archive | July 2014

Why Marketing Needs to Hire a Corporate Folklorist

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The Changing Face of Agriculture in Maryland

Maryland Planning Blog

Carroll-County-farmLife on the farm is not what it used to be. Or so says the most recent U.S. Census of Agriculture.

First conducted in 1840, the Census of Agriculture reports on a myriad of aspects of agriculture on the county, state, and national level:  acreage in farms, average farm size, the value of farm products and more.

Closer to home, the census provides a current snapshot of the characteristics of the approximate 6,000 farm families in Maryland.

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Context: “Where it’s at!”

C.A.R.T. Archaeology

by Denice Dressel Lab Archaeologist & Preservation Specialist

A large storage vessel made by Piercy in Alexandria compared to a base of a similar vessel discovered at Colchester. A storage vessel of coarse red earthenware with a black glazed interior made by Alexandria’s Henry Piercy compared to a very similar base found at Old Colchester Park & Preserve.

As archaeologists, we derive meaning from context. Context describes where we find an object in relation to other objects on a site. Context can be found stratigraphically, in the soil horizons, or it can be found horizontally, across an archaeological site. Another context we consider is the relationship between sites, the larger geographical region and the rest of the world.

In that vein, we recently brought some pieces of ceramic to Alexandria Archaeology, one of Colchester’s closest neighboring towns, to talk with them about what we were finding.

We were specifically curious about pieces of red-bodied coarse earthenware with a cream slip and clear glaze, similar to ceramics described in Barbara…

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