Laura Masur


  • Anthropology
  • School

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Expertise

  • Historical and environmental archaeology
  • Public and community archaeology
  • Jesuit missions
  • Chesapeake and Middle Atlantic
  • Laura Masur’s research focuses on the archaeology of Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania from 1600 to the present. Her current project, Priestly Plantations: An Archaeology of Jesuit Missions in British North America, explores the complex material world of Jesuit priests, who acted as both slave-owning planters and missionaries in the colonial and modern Middle Atlantic. The project synthesizes archaeological collections from southern Maryland and central Pennsylvania, integrated with historical and archival evidence of agriculture and labor management, to show connections between plantations and Catholic communities.

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    Selected Publications

    “‘Taking the discipline’ at St. Inigoes Plantation: A Cilice from Priest’s Point.” Curator’s Choice Artifact Series. Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. January 2017. 

    “Community Archaeology at the Sanford Tavern, Franklin County.” The SHA Newsletter 47:4, p. 22. Winter 2014.