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:


Location

Events by Location


Date

Events by Date


St. Mary's County


Ongoing

St. Mary's City

March 15 through June 30-Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM; July 1 through August 30-Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 AM . until 5:00 PM. September 1 through November 30-Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 AM . until 5:00 PM;

Fee: $10.00 adult, $9 seniors (60+), $6.00 student (13-18 years or college ID), $3.50 ages 6-12, Child (5 and under) free.

Exhibit: Once the Metropolis of Maryland: The History and Archaeology of Maryland’s First Capital

An exhibit that chronicles the history and archaeology of St. Mary’s City. The exhibit features original paintings, artifacts, and reproduced graphics to introduce and orient visitors to Historic St. Mary’s City.

Sponsor: Historic St. Mary’s City

Location: Historic St. Mary’s City Visitor’s Center

Time: see above

Contact Person: Info@HSMCDigsHistory.org

Contact: phone: 1-800-SMC-1634 or 240-895-4990 HSMC

Fee: Free with purchase of museum admission         Webste: WWW.HSMCDigsHistory.org

Tours: Living History and More

Historic St. Mary’s City offers a variety of historic interpretations of Maryland in the 17th century. Reconstructions include a Woodland Indian Hamlet, William Nuthead’s Print House, Smith’s Ordinary, Cordea’s Hope, the State House of 1676, the Maryland Dove (a recreated 17th-century ship), and a 17th-century tobacco plantation. The St. John’s Site Museum preserves the foundation of the building where many of Maryland’s “firsts” occurred. Exhibits explore the state’s legacy of liberty and how archaeologists know what they know about the past.

Sponsor: Historic St. Mary’s City

Location: St. Mary’s City         Time: see above.

Contact Person: Info@HSMCDigsHistory.org

Contact: phone: 1-800-SMC-1634 or 240-895-4990 HSMC

Fee: $10.00 adult, $9 seniors (60+), $6.00 student (13-18 years or college ID), $3.50 ages 6-12, Child (5 and under) free

Webste: WWW.HSMCDigsHistory.org

Pre-Month Events

March 25

Event: A Celebration of Maryland Day at Maryland's first Capital

Celebrate Maryland's founding with pomp and pageantry. . Ceremony at 1 p.m. at Reconstructed Statewhouse of 1676

Sponsor: Historic St. Mary’s City

Location: St. Mary’s City Time: 1:00 PM

Contact Person: Info@HSMCDigsHistory.org

Contact: phone: 1-800-SMC-1634 or 240-895-4990 HSMC

Fee: Free

Webste: WWW.HSMCDigsHistory.org

 

April 20

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 St. 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         Webste: WWW.HSMCDigsHistory.org

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

 

May 18

Lecture: Seeing the Past in 3D:  The Opportunities for Digital Heritage in Jamestown

The Jamestown Rediscovery team has been actively excavating the site of James Fort, the first successfully English settlement in North America, for more than twenty years. The archaeological findings are casting doubt on many conventional interpretations of Jamestown’s history and providing new insights into the site’s settlement as well as the interactions between Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans, who first came together beginning in the early 17th century. New technologies are helping to revolutionize how the archaeological datea are being analyzed, interpreted, and presented. This talk by Lisa Fischer will examine how digital heritage and 3D visualization approaches are helping to reshpe our understanding of Jamestown as well as some of the challenges historical sites face in a digital 21st century. 

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         Webste: WWW.HSMCDigsHistory.org

May 31 – August 6

Excavations: Archaeological Field School at the Leonard Calvert House

An opportunity to visit the excavations and talk to the field school students and the archaeologist about the most recent discoveries and how they are made.

Sponsor: Historic St. Mary’s City

Location: Town Center area

Time: During museum hours (call in advance in case field school is off site)

Contact Person: Info@HSMCDigsHistory.org

Contact: phone: 1-800-SMC-1634 or 240-895-4990 HSMC

Fee: Free with museum admission ticket.

Webste: WWW.HSMCDigsHistory.org

June 15.

Lecture:   All of Us Would Walk Together: The Archaeology of Slavery and Freedom in the 19th Century at St. Mary’s City

Terry Brock presents information concerning the Brome Plantation Slave Quarter in St. Mary's City based on his dissertation research. The quarter recently has been architecturally stabelized and interpreted in its new location near the Brome-Howard Inn.

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         Webste: WWW.HSMCDigsHistory.org

July 10-14

Summer Camp: The Archaeology of Food

What are the archaeologists digging up for dinner? Maybe evidence of America’s first Iron Chef! Designed for rising 7th and 8th-graders. Registration required.

Register online or contact the museum

Sponsor: Historic St. Mary’s City

Location: HSMC Visitor Center auditorium, St. Mary’s City

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Contact Person: Info@HSMCDigsHistory.org

Contact: phone: 1-800-SMC-1634 or 240-895-4990 HSMC

Fee: $130 for non-members, $120 for members

Webste: WWW.HSMCDigsHistory.org

 

July 29 - 30

Excavation: Tidewater Archaeology Days

Experience a hands- on opportunity to be an archaeologist for a day at the site of Maryland’s first capital. Help screen and sift through the dirt to uncover artifacts from Maryland’s past. Special behind the scenes guided tours.

Sponsor: Historic St. Mary’s City

Location: St. Mary’s City

Contact Person: Info@HSMCDigsHistory.org

Contact: phone: 1-800-SMC-1634 or 240-895-4990 HSMC

Time: 10:00 AM . until 4:00 PM.

Fee: $10.00 adult, $9 seniors (60+), $6.00 student (13-18 years or college ID), $3.50 ages 6-12, Child (5 and under) free

Webste: WWW.HSMCDigsHistory.org

September 9

Event: Indian Discovery Day

Explore and celebrate Indian lifeways and culture. Learn skills, try crafts, watch demonstrations, and gain a new appreciation for the people that called this land home before Maryland was founded

Sponsor: Historic St. Mary’s City

Location: St. Mary’s City Time: 10:00 AM . until 5:00 PM.

Contact Person: Info@HSMCDigsHistory.org

Contact: phone: 1-800-SMC-1634 or 240-895-4990 HSMC

Fee: Included with museum admission

Nov. 24 - 25

Event: Hearth & Home in Early Maryland.

Following the harvest, the colonists made preparations for the long winter. Learn about homely skills in the 17th century by watching demonstrations and trying hands-on activities. Included with museum admission.

Sponsor: Historic St. Mary’s City

Location: St. Mary’s City Time: 10:00 AM . until 5:00 PM.

Contact Person: Info@HSMCDigsHistory.org

Contact: phone: 1-800-SMC-1634 or 240-895-4990 HSMC

Fee: $10.00 adult, $9 seniors (60+), $6.00 student (13-18 years or college ID), $3.50 ages 6-12, Child (5 and under) free

Webste: WWW.HSMCDigsHistory.org

 
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