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2014 Field Session at
Biggs Ford(18FR14)
23 May - 2 June, 2014


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The Biggs Ford site (18FR14) is a large, well-preserved, multi-component Native American village site located adjacent to a tributary, Glade Creek, of the Monocacy River in Frederick County, Maryland (Figures 1 & 2). This location was occupied by peoples of the Montgomery Complex (1000-1450 AD) and the Keyser Complex (1300-1500 AD). Biggs Ford is one of only a handful of large Native American villages on the Monocacy River, and is the only known site in the Potomac River drainage that has major occupations by both the Montgomery and Keyser complex peoples. Distinctly-shaped pits at the site , such as the elongated ones associated specifically with the Montgomery Complex, and probably palisade arcs presumably associated with the Keyser Complex, provide a unique opportunity to compare the community structures, economy, and social relationships of these two groups. Furthermore, the majority of the archeological deposits at Biggs Ford remain intact, as it was only partially excavated.

Photo 1: The 2014 T-Shirt features a map of the Biggs Ford Site.
Photo 2: On opening day, work got off to a quick start.
Photo 3: Work progressed in three separate areas.
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Photo 8: Nancy Geasey oversees her grandson's work on the screen.
Photo 9: A sudden storm mangled the poles of our shelter.
Photo 10: A little muscle and a properly shaped tree make quick work of fixing the poles.
Photo 11: Towson students confer on unit level forms.
Photo 12: Dr. Joe Dent records elevation measurements.
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Photo 17: An experiment in magnetic susceptability (MS) measurement.
Photo 18: The MS testing resuklts in collection of 600 points of data. The test was repeated, doubling the total amount of data collected.
Photo 19: The Central work area expanded to encompass 8 units.
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Photo 21: Roy Brown and Dr. Joe Dent record feature data from the Northern work area.
Photo 22: Nails indicate potential post molds across the excavated surface.
Photo 23: Becca works to get elevation measurements from the Southern Units. Photo 24:
Photo 25: Day 10 brings Cub Scouts. The local Pack was here to learn about archeology.
Photo 26: Dr. Hall leads a long line of scouts, siblings and parents out to visit the Southern work area.
Photo 27: Scouts observe feature recording at the Northern work area.
Photo 28: Valerie Hall and John Newton work to clean up the surface of the central work area prior to photos being taken.
Photo 29: Dr. Hall points out various activities to the Cub Scouts as Myron Beckstein demonstrates excavation techniques.
Photo 30: Twilight in the camp area at the Walkersville Farm Park.

Thanks - The Archeological Society of Maryland, Inc. and the Maryland Historic Trust would like to thank William and Barbara Crum, the Biggs Ford Site landowners, and their family for support in making this field session possible.