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Beneath the Ivory TowerThe Archaeology of Academia$
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Russell K. Skowronek and Kenneth E. Lewis

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034225

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034225.001.0001

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Love, Let, and Life

Love, Let, and Life

An Archaeology of Tennis at the College of William and Mary

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The College of William and Mary began in 1693 and followed only Harvard University as the country's first seat of higher learning. The increasing number of incoming students required that William and Mary adapt over time and expand upon its quaint colonial roots. Unfortunately for some, expansion meant the need for a new dormitory on the spot of one of the most popular green areas on campus, the Martha Barksdale Athletic Field. Used for multiple activities for both genders, Barksdale Field was also a great spot to hang out, catch some sun, study for that demanding class, or just people watch. The following features in this chapter include various parts of the tennis court complex discovered in the archaeological investigations at Barksdale Field. The detailed analysis of each component of the courts reveals the complexity of tennis court construction and provides insight into the early use of the women's athletic field.

Keywords:   College of William and Mary, Martha Barksdale Athletic Field, tennis court, athletic field, archaeology

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