Maryland Archeology Month

April 2017

At The Water's Edge:

Our Past on the Brink


Maryland Archeology Month is a celebration of our shared archeological heritage - created by Maryland's diverse inhabitants over the last 12,000 years. Protecting this irreplaceable archeological heritage provides opportunities to discover and learn from the past. We invite you to "Get Involved!" in Maryland's past by attending as many events as you can.


Archeology Month Events:


Events by Location


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Events by Date


ALL APRIL EVENTS


April 1- July 31

Exhibit: Frederick Douglass and Wye House: Archaeology and African American Culture in Maryland

The University of Maryland’s Department of Anthropology presents an exhibition exploring Wye House, early home of Frederick Douglass, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Drawing on archaeological investigations (2005-2014) at the Wye House, Amanda Tang, Elizabeth Pruitt, Benjamin A. Skolnik, Stefan Woehlke, and Tracy Jenkins examine the culture of enslaved African Americans. The exhibition features new interpretations of African traditions, African American Christian churches, the creation of Southern foodways, and medicinal plants used in African American healing. Frederick Douglass is the guide to the exhibition which is entered through the University’s new monument to him, Frederick Douglass Square.

:Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland, College Park

Hornbake Library on Frederick Douglass Square, University of Maryland, College Park

Time:  Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Contact Person:  Mark P. Leone 301-405-1429     email:  mleone@umd.edu

Fee: FREE Prince George's County

April 1 - 30

Exhibit: Archaeology Month Display at LaPlata Library

One of the entry displays at the LaPlata Public Library will feature this year’s Archaeology Month theme "At the Water's Edge - Our Past on the Brink" as well as how this impacts sites in Charles County

Sponsors: Charles County Archaeological Society of Maryland, Inc.

LaPlata Library, 2 Garrett Ave, La Plata, MD 20646

Monday-Thursday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm, Friday: 1:00-5:00 pm, Saturday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Sunday: CLOSED

Contact: 301-645-0610 Website: https://ccplonline.org/about/hours

April 1

Introduction and Orientation: Family Archaeology Experience

Bring the whole gang out for a hands-on experience at an active archaeological dig in Montgomery County. Prepare to get your hands dirty making new discoveries as professional archaeologists introduce you to archaeological techniques and talk about what you can learn from the artifacts you might find. Reservations required! Sign up through ActiveMontgomery.org

M-NCPPC, Montgomery Parks; Meet at Ziegler Log House, 25321 North Frederick Rd (rt 355), Clarksburg, MD 20871

10:00 – 11:30 am

Contact person: Heather Bouslog : 301-563-7530 email: heather.bouslog@montgomeryparks.org

Fee? $5.00             Website:  www.ActiveMontgomery.org

April 3

Volunteer Orientation Session: Lost Towns Project New Volunteer Orientation Session

If you would like to volunteer with the Lost Towns Project this season, this mandatory orientation session will prepare you to work alongside professional archaeologists in the lab and field

:  The Lost Towns Project, County Archaeology Lab at Historic London Town & Gardens, 839 Londontown Rd., Edgewater, MD 21037

6:00-7:30 pm

Contact Person: Amelia Chisholm phone: 410-222-79651     email:  volunteers@losttownsproject.org

Fee  FREE                 Website: www.losttownsproject.org:     Anne Arundel

April 4

Laboratory Work:: Archaeology Lab Night

Participants will learn first-hand what happens to artifacts after they are brought in from the field.  They will work side-by-side with archaeologists and identify and catalogue artifacts from a Montgomery County archaeological site. Must RSVP!  No children under 16!

M-NCPPC, Montgomery Park: Needwood Mansion, 6700 Needwood Rd. Derwood, Maryland 20855

7:00-9:00 pm

Contact person: Heather Bouslog : 301-563-7530 email: heather.bouslog@montgomeryparks.org

Fee? Free              Website: www.parksarchaeology.org Montgomery County

Lab Work: Public Archaeology Lab

On-going Public Archaeology Lab for processing artifacts recovered from various archaeology initiatives in Charles County -  including processing artifacts recovered recently from Stagg Hall and Rich Hill as well as those recovered in the 1970's around the Courthouse.  Esther Read is the archaeologist in charge. Open to the general public.   No experience is required.  

Sponsor:  Charles County Archaeological Society of Maryland, Inc. and Charles County Government Burch House, Warehouse Landing Road, Historic Port Tobacco Village, MD 20677

11:00 am – 3:30 pm
Contact Person:  Carol Cowherd email:  ccasm2010@gmail.com

 

April 6

Lecture:Tracing Piscataway Indian History on the Ground

Julia A. King with Francis Gray, Tribal Chair, and Mario Harley, Council Member, Piscataway Conoy Tribe
Archaeology has become an important tool in the effort to track, preserve, and interpret Piscataway Indian history. An archaeologist and members of the state-recognized Piscataway Conoy Tribe of Maryland talk about exciting new discoveries and how this information will be used by the tribe to tell their story.

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, 10515 Mackall Road, Saint Leonard, MD 20685     

7:00 pm

Contact Person: Kate Dinnel phone:  410-586-8501     email:  jef.pat@maryland.gov

Fee  FREE                 Website:  www.jefpat.org :      Calvert County

Lecture: Mrs. Elizabeth Thurston-Skipworth-Coale-Chew: The Life and Times (and Many Husbands) of a Prominent Quaker Woman in 17th Century Anne Arundel County

Join Jane Cox, Chief of Cultural Resources Division, for the last of the Lost Towns Project Anne Arundel History: Evening Lecture Series.

The Lost Towns Project: County Archaeology Lab at Historic London Town & Gardens, 839 Londontown Rd., Edgewater, MD 21037

 6:30-8:30 pm

Contact Person: Amelia Chisholm phone: 410-222-7965     email:  volunteers@losttownsproject.org

Fee  Free                 Website: www.losttownsproject.org:     Anne Arundel County

April 7

Tour: First Friday Tour of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab

Tour the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab, the state’s archaeological research, conservation, and curation facility and learn about Maryland’s archaeological past.  No reservations necessary (unless you are planning to bring a group).  

Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab, Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, 10515 Mackall Road, Saint Leonard, MD 20685     

1:00 pm

Contact Person: Patricia Samford: phone:  410-586-8551     email:  patricia.samford@maryland.gov

Fee  FREE                 Website:  www.jefpat.org :      Calvert County

Lecture: The Discovery of Homo naledi in South African Cave

Miss Becca Peixotto will discuss her participation in the Rising Star Excavation and the discovery of a new species of our hominid ancestors. The discovery was featured in the Nova/National Geographic special, Dawn of Humanity.

Archeological Society of the Northern Chesapeake and Harford Community College, Edgewood Hall, Room 132, Harford Community College, Thomas Run Road, Bel Air,Md.

6:30 p.m. Student display and light refreshments, 7:00 p.m. Lecture

Dr. Sharon Stowers 443-412-2059 email: sstowers@harford.edu
Fee? Free

Website: www. harford.edu

April 11 - 13

Field Work:  Spring Break: Archaeology Field Session at Skipworth’s Addition

Three days of excavations at a 17th century Quaker site, Skipworth’s Addition. Open to the general public. Spaces are limited and must be reserved

Skipworth’s Addition-4558 Bayfields Rd., Harwood, MD 20776

9:00 am-3:00 pm daily

Contact Person: Amelia Chisholm phone: 410-222-7965     email:  pzchis48@aacounty.org

Fee  FREE                 Website: www.losttownsproject.org:     Anne Arundel

April 11

Lab Work: Public Archaeology Lab

On-going Public Archaeology Lab for processing artifacts recovered from various archaeology initiatives in Charles County -  including processing artifacts recovered recently from Stagg Hall and Rich Hill as well as those recovered in the 1970's around the Courthouse.  Esther Read is the archaeologist in charge. Open to the general public.   No experience is required.  

Sponsor:  Charles County Archaeological Society of Maryland, Inc. and Charles County Government Burch House, Warehouse Landing Road, Historic Port Tobacco Village, MD 20677

11:00 am – 3:30 pm
Contact Person:  Carol Cowherd email:  ccasm2010@gmail.com

 

April 14

Tour: First Friday Tour of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab

Tour the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab, the state’s archaeological research, conservation, and curation facility and learn about Maryland’s archaeological past.  No reservations necessary (unless you are planning to bring a group).  

Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab, Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, 10515 Mackall Road, Saint Leonard, MD 20685     

1:00 pm

Contact Person: Patricia Samford: phone:  410-586-8551     email:  patricia.samford@maryland.gov

Fee  FREE                 Website:  www.jefpat.org :      Calvert County

April 15

Program::  Village Day at JPPM

Come spend the day in the replica Indian village and try experimenting with making Native American pottery. Learn about processing clay from out of the ground all the way to putting the pottery into the fire.

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, 10515 Mackall Road, Saint Leonard, MD 20685     

10:00 am -3:00p

Contact Person: Nate Salzmanl phone:  410-586-8595     email: nathaniel.salzman@maryland.gov

Fee  FREE                 Website:  www.jefpat.org :      Calvert County

April 18

Lab Work: Public Archaeology Lab

On-going Public Archaeology Lab for processing artifacts recovered from various archaeology initiatives in Charles County -  including processing artifacts recovered recently from Stagg Hall and Rich Hill as well as those recovered in the 1970's around the Courthouse.  Esther Read is the archaeologist in charge. Open to the general public.   No experience is required.  

Sponsor:  Charles County Archaeological Society of Maryland, Inc. and Charles County Government Burch House, Warehouse Landing Road, Historic Port Tobacco Village, MD 20677

11:00 am – 3:30 pm
Contact Person:  Carol Cowherd email:  ccasm2010@gmail.com

 

April 20

Lecture:: The Josiah Henson Site and Museum, An Update

A talk by Montgomery County Parks archaeologist, Cassandra Michaud, on the results of previous years excavations at the Josiah Henson Site and plans for a museum and visitors’ center

Mid-Potomac Chapter, Archaeology program of Montgomery County Parks, and the Rockville Science Center

Needwood Mansion, 6700 Needwood Road, Derwood, MD 20855

7:30 pm daily

Contact Person:   Don Housley 301-424-8526     email:  donhou704@earthlink.net

Fee  FREE                www.asmmidpotomac.org  and www.rockvillesciencecenter.org Montgomery County

Lecture: Recent Research by HSMC Archaeologists

Henry Miller, Maryland Heritage Scholar and Travis Parno, Chief Archaeologist, will present on recent archaeological research undertaken by Historic S. Mary's City

Historic St. Mary’s City: HSMC Visitor Center auditorium, 18751 Hogaboom Ln, St Marys City, MD 20686

7:00 pm

Contact Person: Info@HSMCDigsHistory.org 1-800-SMC-1634 or 240-895-4990 HSMC

Fee: Free admission Webste: WWW.HSMCDigsHistory.org

April 21

Tour: First Friday Tour of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab

Tour the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab, the state’s archaeological research, conservation, and curation facility and learn about Maryland’s archaeological past.  No reservations necessary (unless you are planning to bring a group).  

Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab, Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, 10515 Mackall Road, Saint Leonard, MD 20685     

1:00 pm

Contact Person: Patricia Samford: phone:  410-586-8551     email:  patricia.samford@maryland.gov

Fee  FREE                 Website:  www.jefpat.org :      Calvert County

April 22

Event: Discovering Archaeology Day

Bring the entire family for a day of interactive learning and fun, including a simulated archaeological dig for kids, archaeological site and lab tours, exhibits, games and cool crafts

Sponsor: Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum

Location: 10515 Mackall Rd., St. Leonard, MD 20685

Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Contact: Sherwana Knox phone: 410-586-8501 email: sherwana.knox@maryland.gov

Fee: Free                 Website: www.jefpat.org                Calvert County

Tour: History Hike at Beverly Triton Beach Park

Join Lost Towns Project for a guided hiking tour of Beverly Triton Beach Park and learn about a time before the Bay Bridge

Beverly Trito: Beach Park, Edgewater, MD 21037

11:00 am-2:00 pm daily

Contact Person: Amelia Chisholm phone: 410-222-7965     email:  pzchis48@aacounty.org

Fee  FREE                 Website: www.losttownsproject.org:     Anne Arundel County

Exhibit: Mallows Bay and the Potomac River

Exhibits and Interactive Programs at Mallows Bay including guided walks at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. 

Sponsors: Maryland Historical Trust (maritime), the Institute of Maritime History, Charles County Archaeological Society of Maryland, Mattawoman Watershed Society, The Natural History Society of Maryland with Southern Maryland Audubon Society

Mallows Bay Park 1440 Wilson Landing Rd, Nanjemoy, MD

9:00 am - dusk

Contact: 301-645-0610 Website: http://www.charlescountymd.gov/discoverquest

April 23

Exhibit::Archaeology Exhibit at Rockville Science Day

An exhibit of the investigative and interpretative techniques used by archaeologists, including activities for children.

Mid-Potomac Chapter, Archaeology program of Montgomery County Parks, and the Rockville Science Center

Montgomery College, Rockville Campus

12:00 -5:00 pm daily

Contact Person:   Don Housley 301-424-8526     email:  donhou704@earthlink.net

Fee  FREE                Website:www.asmmidpotomac.org  and www.rockvillesciencecenter.org Montgomery County            

Event: Public Archaeology and Open House at Rich Hill

An opportunity to participate in archaeology with professional and avocational archaeologists as well as to see historical displays, a Civil War encampment, re-enactors, and an eighteenth century house.  Rich Hill was the home of Samuel Cox, who hid John Wilkes Booth on this farm for several days after Booth shot Lincoln.

Sponsor:  Charles County Tourism and Charles County Historical Society

Location:  Rich Hill Farm Rd, Bel Alton, MD 20611

Time:  10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Contact Person:  Carol Cowherd   email:  ccasm2010@gmail.com
Fee?  no   Charles County

April 25

Lab Work: Public Archaeology Lab

On-going Public Archaeology Lab for processing artifacts recovered from various archaeology initiatives in Charles County -  including processing artifacts recovered recently from Stagg Hall and Rich Hill as well as those recovered in the 1970's around the Courthouse.  Esther Read is the archaeologist in charge. Open to the general public.   No experience is required.  

Sponsor:  Charles County Archaeological Society of Maryland, Inc. and Charles County Government Burch House, Warehouse Landing Road, Historic Port Tobacco Village, MD 20677

11:00 am – 3:30 pm
Contact Person:  Carol Cowherd email:  ccasm2010@gmail.com

 

April 28

Tour: First Friday Tour of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab

Tour the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab, the state’s archaeological research, conservation, and curation facility and learn about Maryland’s archaeological past.  No reservations necessary (unless you are planning to bring a group).  

Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab, Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, 10515 Mackall Road, Saint Leonard, MD 20685     

1:00 pm

Contact Person: Patricia Samford: phone:  410-586-8551     email:  patricia.samford@maryland.gov

Fee  FREE                 Website:  www.jefpat.org :      Calvert County

April 29

Open House: New Historic St. Mary's City Archaeology Laboratories

Join the archaeologists of Historic St. Mary's City in a celebration of the new curation and analysis facility located on the campus of St. Mary's College of Maryland. Visit the new labs, curation spaces and hear research talks from the staff. Reception to follow in Reconstructed Statehouse.

tours 1:00 - 4:00 pm                           reception 4:00

Contact Person: silash@DigsHistory.org          1-240-895-4973

Fee: Free                                             Webste: WWW.HSMCDigsHistory.org

 

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