Savannah. A city full of great history, great architecture, and great art. What a fascinating place to visit and to spend a few days appreciating breakfasts of shrimp and grits, walking the eighteenth-century city streets, and enjoying the Spanish Moss hanging from the trees.
Over the first weekend in March, that’s what Co-Directors Dave Brown and Thane Harpole planned to do, but were pleasantly sidetracked by the opportunity to present their research at the Society of Early Americanists Conference. They didn’t spend all their time inside the conference hotel, but the trip to this remarkable city was made even more valuable with the chance to share the history and archaeology of Fairfield Plantation and Gloucester County with an international society of multidisciplinary scholars. Sessions with specialists in early American literature, architecture, history, and material culture over three consecutive days introduced our directors to the wide range of interests that contribute to a broader understanding of the colonial past.
The team of scholars plans a follow-up session in an equally remarkable city, Quebec, in January 2014 for the Society of Historical Archaeology’s annual conference. As always, the dead of winter is the perfect time for a conference in Canada (no one handles the cold better than Canadians), and the Foundation staff look forward to fantastic architecture, fabulous food, and frigid temperatures. And of course, we eagerly await the chance to learn from our colleagues and build on the presentations in Savannah, addressing the broad plantation landscape from the perspective of the enslaved Africans and others who did not own the land, but worked within its bounds and wrote its history in the ground.