Earlier this month the Society for Historical Archaeology gathered in Baltimore, Maryland for their annual meeting. Conference attendees from all over the United States, the U.K., Australia, and more came to share their work and learn about the projects being carried out by their peers. The team from the Dry was excited about the conference, not only because we could have a long awaited reunion, but also because we could have the opportunity to talk with other archaeologists about what we’ve been up to!
We were fortunate enough to present a paper on the Dry as part of a very interesting session called “The Heritage of Liminality: Memory and Materiality of the Peripheral.” All eight papers given during the session addressed the idea of marginality, life on the edges (physically or socially). After Michelle presented, we had the chance to talk with some of the other folks who gave papers and hear some of their thoughts. People within the archaeological community seem very excited about the site as a place where some of the most interesting parts of American history were playing out! Next week we’ll be presenting at the Colorado Preservation, Inc. “Saving Places” conference – more updates on that soon!