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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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p. v

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Preface

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pp. xii-xv

In 1983 I moved to southern Maryland, attracted to the region by its beauty and its history, and began a still-ongoing love affair with this richest of landscapes. I came first to do archaeology, working for what is today known as the Historic St. Mary’s City Commission and then the Jefferson Patterson...

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1. The Bounds of History

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pp. 1-14

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, in 2000, tobacco farming in Maryland was dealt a near-fatal blow when the state implemented an agricultural policy designed to end the production of the crop. Through an agricultural buyout program, Maryland signaled its intention to break a nearly four-hundred...

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2. How the Past Became a Place

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pp. 15-50

On a warm spring day in 1836, three wealthy, well-respected men, two from Baltimore and one from the Jesuit plantation at St. Inigoes, “set out upon a search for some relics” in the plantation neighborhoods located at the mouth of the Patuxent River in southern Maryland. They had as their guide an elderly black...

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3. The Transient Nature of All Things Sublunary

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pp. 51-88

One especially interesting artifact commemorating Maryland’s colonial settlement is Emanuel Leutze’s painting, The Founding of Maryland (Figure 3.1).1 Leutze, who is best known for Washington Crossing the Delaware and Westward the Course of Empire Takes its Way, painted The Founding of Maryland...

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4. Collecting Utopia

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pp. 89-112

One especially interesting artifact commemorating Maryland’s colonial settlement is Emanuel Leutze’s painting, The Founding of Maryland (Figure 3.1).1 Leutze, who is best known for Washington Crossing the Delaware and Westward the Course of Empire Takes its Way, painted The Founding of Maryland...

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5. The Past Is a Rural Landscape

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pp. 113-144

In the spring of 1993, Historic St. Mary’s City made the decision to cease mowing the yard surrounding the reconstructed State House of 1676 (Figure 5.1). The museum’s purpose was to create a visually “authentic” seventeenth-century landscape, one that would not have had, in the 1670s and 1680s...

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6. Commemorative Hauntings

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pp. 145-172

Sidney Lanier, the Southern poet and essayist, was in a good position to describe the situation at Point Lookout during the Civil War. As a captured Confederate soldier, he had spent several months in the prisonerof- war camp located there. Indeed, it was at Point Lookout, a dramatic peninsula landscape located...

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7. Beyond Storytelling

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pp. 173-198

When I was in graduate school in the late 1970s and early ’80s, my fellow students and I liked to think, as graduate students sometimes do, that our generation was going to set the world on fire through historical archaeology. Although we were very excited about a number of directions in which the discipline...

Notes

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pp. 199-236

Bibliography

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pp. 237-260

Index

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pp. 261-272