ASM's 2007 William B. Marye Award

Carol Ebright


Carol presents a lecture on local lithics at the 2007 Field Session at Claggett Retreat.
Carol works in the field lab with Carol Cowherd and Nancy Geasey.

This year's William B. Marye awardee has been a dynamic presence in avocational and professional archeology in Maryland for over 20 years. Her discovery of Native Americans, anthropology, colonial history, and archeology began as a child in Pennsylvania and led to a Master's degree in Anthropology. While in graduate school in New York, she developed an interest in flintknapping and became acquainted with William Henry Holmes' study of quarries in the Maryland-Virginia tidewater region. Her interest in local quarries continued while she worked at the National Register of Historic Places in Washington, D.C. She has since conducted archeological field work in several areas, including Pennsylvania, Indiana and Texas.


Since beginning her Maryland career at the Maryland Geological Survey's Division of Archeology in 1986, Carol has been active with many organizations in Maryland related to her chosen profession, especially ASM. She served two terms as President of ASM, was editor of ASM Ink, and is a major contributor to the success of ASM's Certified Archeological Technician (CAT) program. She has given countless presentations on archeology to teach and enlighten ASM members and the general public. Especially notable are her presentations in the use and fascination of lithic technology. Another spare-time project was the cataloging of the extensive Spencer O. Geasey collection.


A highlight of her professional research in Maryland was her excavation and reporting on the Paleo-Indian and Archaic Higgins site, one of Maryland's most notable archeological sites (Located in Anne Arundel county). She has long maintained a special interest in constructive interaction among archeologists, Native Americans, and the public.


It is appropriate that the William B. Marye award be present to Carol, as a dedicated student, strong supporter of avocational archeology, and a popular instructor.