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Was it possible to see the
development of soil
science at the site?
What can we learn about
the changing practices of
What led to the site being
abandoned? Some hypotheses:
Based on first year, we would see spaces like
the palm house serving as a public sphere, while
the wings served university personnel
Since a potting shed was located on site, we
should be able to see evidence of additive soil
science in the matrix.
Scientific practice should be seen in
regimentation of material culture…few sources
of materials, evidence of soil mixing, uniformity
in sizes and shapes of plant containers used in
experiments. Based upon 2003 excavations, we had some idea
of what kinds of data we might uncover…that
helped to shape our research design as well…
-needed to excavate units in each of the identifiable
rooms/wings of the building (historical documents
suggested that the structure had been designed to be
used for different plant species, special functions
-multiple soil samples from multiple
layers…change through time (soil
samples and pollen analysis)
-knew that we’d be sure to recover
flowerpots…needed to figure out analyses
that would allow us to take...
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