Archives for the ‘archaeology’ Category

Following the Leads

By • Sep 3rd, 2019 • Category: anthropology, archaeology, Honors Thesis, Research

Toulouse Though I arrived in Paris, I was there only long enough to catch the TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) south to Toulouse, a six hour trip. On the long ride I peered out the window as I passed other locations I would later be visiting more in depth- Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Montauban. Toulouse was […]

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Reweaving the Past: Revisiting the Social Nature of Textile Trade Networks Between France and New France

By • Sep 2nd, 2019 • Category: archaeology, Honors Thesis, Research

The year is 1754. A dyer’s apprentice attempts to make his way down la Grand Rue of Villebourbon, on the left side of the Tarn River, across from the rest of the city of Montauban, France. Encumbered by yards and yards of woolen textiles hanging by tenter hooks across the street and lost in a […]

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Rochefort and La Rochelle: Model Ships, Moules, and Merchants

By • Aug 18th, 2019 • Category: archaeology, Honors Thesis, Research

At the customs museum in Bordeaux there was of course a bust of Jean-Baptiste Colbert, Louis XIV’s Minister of Finance. Colbert was responsible for large scale mercantilist economic reform including new regulations in textile manufacturing. The quality of textiles was important because controlling markets could, according to economic theory at the time, attract the limited […]

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Bordeaux: Customs and Coliseums

By • Aug 17th, 2019 • Category: archaeology, Honors Thesis, Research

After saying goodbye to my awesome hosts in Montauban and taking a taxi back to the train station, I was once again flying further west on the train towards Bordeaux and the Atlantic. This trip was much longer than the one from Toulouse to Montauban, causing me to ponder how merchants in Montauban kept up […]

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Montauban: Sources and Saliceae

By • Aug 15th, 2019 • Category: archaeology, Honors Thesis, Research

The few days I spent in Montauban were encouraging and productive. With some help from the staff at the CIAP (Centre d’interprétation de l’architecture et du patrimoine), I was able to find my way to and spend two full days in the Archives départementales de Tarn-et-Garonne. These archives house not only municipal records for Montauban […]

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Montauban: Cadis and Cannonballs

By • Aug 14th, 2019 • Category: archaeology, Honors Thesis, Research

After an educational time in Toulouse and a near run in with a manif of gilet jaunes protesters on my last day in town, I was ready to finally visit Montauban, the center of my study. As I work to develop my ideas and refine my theory, I have been visualizing my study of merchant networks and the social […]

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Carcassonne: Castles and Cloth

By • Aug 13th, 2019 • Category: archaeology, Honors Thesis, Research

Though my voyage to France was supposed to consist of a visit to the textile museum in Mazamet, a wool producing town east of Toulouse that is incredibly well represented both in documentary sources and in the lead seal evidence, I learned the hard way that there are downsides to travelling by train. The textile […]

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Introduction: A Sigillographer’s Life for Me

By • Aug 12th, 2019 • Category: archaeology, Honors Thesis, Research

Hi there, I’m Cathrine Davis! I’m a PhD student in the Anthropology department here at William & Mary under the direction of Audrey Horning, and I specialize in Historical Archaeology. Though I am still early in my degree, I have a solid direction to my dissertation research because it is building on research that I […]

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Final Research Update

By • Aug 22nd, 2018 • Category: anthropology, archaeology, Honors Thesis, Research

As the summer comes to a close, I have been reflecting on the different aspects of my research experience and adding finishing touches to my website. I feel very fortunate to have been able to explore a topic of my choosing through a medium of my choosing. Information is conveyed many ways in the field […]

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Megiddo Expedition – Final Post

By • Aug 17th, 2018 • Category: archaeology, Honors Thesis, Research

By the end of six weeks at the Megiddo Expedition, the rhythm of dig life had fully ingrained itself in my consciousness as the best and seemingly only way to live. Waking up at 4:30 am was natural, manual labor for seven hours expected, and pottery washing and office work in the afternoons nearly enjoyable. […]

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