Colonial Earthfast House

Investigating an Earthfast House teaches students about the lives of the early colonists of Maryland by investigating an earthfast house occupied from 1690 to 1711 on what was once a tobacco plantation.

Instructions for the Teacher:

The teacher’s document is 29 pages, consisting of background information and four sections corresponding with the student notebook. It includes brief histories about the King’s Reach earthfast house, the Smith family who lived there, and the plantation it was located on in Maryland. Quadrant maps from the earthfast archaeological site are provided for students.

Student Archaeology Notebook:

The student notebook is 29 pages of articles and activities about the King’s Reach Earthfast House. Mr. Mike Smolek, archaeologist and descendent of the Smith family who lived in the earthfast house, guides students through the investigation. Through archaeology, students discover artifacts left behind and how soil analysis assists in interpreting the site.

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