2023 Tyler Bastian Field Session

Chapel Branch West
19-29 May, 2023

The 2023 Tyler Bastian Field Session in Maryland Archeology will be held at the Chapel Branch West Site, near Denton, Maryland, from 19 - 29 May, 2023.

This Pre-Colonial American Indian site is immediately adjacent to the colonial Barwick’s Ordinary site, which was the location of the 2022 Field Session. During the 2022 Field Session, a shovel test pit survey documented a presumed living surface yielding 3,000 to 1,000 year old artifacts intact below the plow zone. The 2023 Field Session will investigate this buried living surface to document the American Indian occupations and hopefully reveal intact cultural features including house patterns, hearths, and storage pits.

Dr. Julie Markin of Washington College will serve as principal investigator for this project and will be pursuing many research topics during the upcoming Field Session, including the dating of the occupations, the domestic architecture and internal layout of the site, and subsistence practices.

The Field Session is held in cooperation with the Maryland Historic Trust's Office of Archeology. The purpose of the Field Session is to introduce lay persons to archeological methods and to teach Maryland's past through hands-on involvement while making meaningful contributions to the study of Maryland archeology. The Principal Investigators will work with MHT, Office of Archeology staff who will provide professional oversight of volunteers at the site.

As in years past, primitive camping will be offered for those interested in staying over. For details and to reserve your camping spot, contact MHT Research Archaeologist Stephanie Soder at Stephanie.Soder@maryland.gov or 410-697-9552.

Field Session Registration

On-Line Registration

On-line registration is recommended. This will aid field session planners in creation of attendance lists used to determine what work will be performed on specific dates. We will use the E-Mail address provided in your registration to notify you of any changes in field Session plans.

Use the link, below, to fill out a Field Session Registration form for participation in the 2023 Field Session.

On-Line Registration Form

Following submission of your registration, please use the on-line fee payment system, below.

2023 Field Session Fee Payment

Mailed Registration

Use the link, below, to obtain a PDF version of the registration form that can be mailed in.

Mail-in Registration Form

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