"Colonial Era Aerial Photography: The Archaeology of Claude Joseph Sauthier NC Town Maps" - Lecture by Tom Beaman
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January 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Location: Joel Lane Museum House, Raleigh, NC
Tom Beaman will speak on "Colonial Era “Aerial Photography:” The Archaeology of Claude Joseph Sauthier NC Town Maps" on Thursday, January 17, 2013, at 7 pm at the Visitors Center at 160 South Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. Admission will be $15 for the general public and $10 for members of the Joel Lane Historical Society. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, and advanced payment is required. Please call 919-833-3431 with your MasterCard or Visa, or mail a check to P O Box 10884, Raleigh NC 27605. Be sure to include the names of all in your party; nametags will serve as tickets. Tickets are non-refundable unless we must cancel the event.
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At the behest of Royal Governor William Tryon and a payment of 50 pounds from the Colonial Assembly, Swiss cartographer Claude Joseph Sauthier made surveyed plans of North Carolina’s notable towns between 1768 and 1770. While certainly important for a historical perspective on the development of these towns, their measured accuracy for placement of household and public structures make them as nearly accurate as aerial photographs. For the past 60 years, they have been a primary interpretive key for urban archaeology conducted in colonial era towns. Yet archaeological discoveries at these sites have also provided a reciprocal key to better understand the details on Sauthier’s maps. This talk will focus primarily on the Sauthier maps and the past 60 years of the urban archaeology at New Bern and Brunswick Town, though will also briefly mention archaeological discoveries at other colonial towns as shown on these treasured town maps.
Thomas E. Beaman, Jr., RPA, a native of Wilson, North Carolina, has previously been a staff archaeologist for the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation at Monticello, for the James River Institute for Archaeology in Williamsburg, Virginia, and for the North Carolina State Historic Sites Section. Since 2008, he has been teaching Anthropology and Archaeology courses as a full-time Anthropology instructor at the Northern Campus of Wake Technical Community College and is also an adjunct instructor at William Peace University and Wilson Community College. Professionally, Tom has presented dozens of original research papers at regional and international archaeology conferences, and has over a dozen published articles and/or book reviews in Historical Archaeology, Southeastern Archaeology, North Carolina Archaeology, The North Carolina Historical Revue, and The Journal of the New Bern Historical Society. His most recent research has focused on the excavation of Civil War era barracks at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site, but his true passion is the archaeology of colonial period towns in North Carolina, which will be the subject of his talk at Joel Lane Museum House.