Just casually having lunch in a castle

Monday, July 23rd

Today we had glorious lectures from Rory, the first about the Bronze Age and the Iron Age in Ireland and the second on GIS. The Bronze Age period (2500BC-600BC) can further be split into Early Bronze Age, Middle Bronze Age and Later Bronze Age. EBA, in turn, holds the Beaker Period, the transition stage between the Copper Age and the Bronze Age. “Beaker” comes from the type of pottery associated with the period, found commonly in megalithic tomb burials as grave goods. During the MBA, round houses become universal, many with ditch enclosures. Crannogs, artificial islands made of stone or dirt and standing stone circles also come into use. There is a move toward hill forts and promontory forts during the LBA, with walls or palisades.

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Utilizing GIS to Study Concentrated Flow Off Agricultural Fields in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Hello W&M!  My name is Sarah Young, and I am a Geology and Environmental Science Double Major here at the College.  My Honors Thesis project that I will be working on this summer and next year revolves around the problems associated with agricultural runoff bypassing riparian buffers, allowing excess nutrients into the already unhealthy Chesapeake Bay.  I am so excited to embark on this journey and begin my research with Professor Greg Hancock of the Geology Department.  Many thanks to Professor Hancock, the Charles Center, the Theresa W. Long and Emil L. Hanzevack Faculty/Student Research Endowment, and everyone who has contributed to my Honors research via the W&M website.  I would not have been able to do this without your generous assistance.  I’d also like to recognize Lyndsey Funkhouser, who recently defended her Honors Thesis on riparian buffer bypass and has helped me in crafting a project that would expand on her own.

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