Maryland Archeology Month

April 2019

The Magic and Mystery of Maryland Archeology

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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 Volunteer Programs

Following are examples of programs in Maryland that offer
opportunities to get involved in archeology. For more information about these
and other similar programs visit

Anne Arundel County’s Archaeology Program
The Anne Arundel County Archaeology Program works with the nonprofit The Lost Towns Project to promote archeological research and public education programs. We seek dedicated volunteers and interns, no experience required, to help with all aspects of field and lab work. Join us to discover history at a variety of dig sites across the County or to process artifacts at our lab in Edgewater. To learn more, please email or call 410-222-1318.

Anne Arundel County's Archaeology Laboratory
839 Londontown Road
Edgewater, Maryland 21037
By appointment

Archeological Society of Maryland
Field and Laboratory Volunteer Opportunities Statewide
One of the Archeological Society of Maryland’s main goals is to involve the public in field and lab events throughout the year and across the State. To meet this goal, ASM hosts a Spring Symposium and an annual Fall meeting, and co-hosts with the Maryland Historical Trust a Spring Workshop and a late spring field/excavation session. ASM’s local chapters also conduct meetings and provide opportunities for members and the general public to participate in field and laboratory activities. Visit our website at to learn about upcoming events, view the latest edition of our monthly newsletter
(ASM Ink), and link to our chapters’ websites.

Baltimore Archaeology Forum
Join the Baltimore Archaeology Forum (BAF) as we work to further the preservation, use, and awareness of the rich archaeological heritage of the Baltimore area, including Baltimore County, Baltimore City, and Howard County. The BAF promotes and participates in public archaeology digs in the Baltimore area.  Recent salvage excavations in West Baltimore demonstrated that dedicated volunteers can fill the gaps by exploring and protecting the archaeological resources that are threatened on small renewal projects.  Archeological Society of Maryland members and interested volunteers are welcome to join and help the BAF in exploring Baltimore’s past.  For more information, contact Adam Fracchia at [] or Stephen Israel at [].
Baltimore Archaeology Forum.   For a list of events visit:

Certificate and Training Program for Archeological Technicians
The Archeological Society of Maryland, Inc. (ASM), the Maryland Historical Trust, and the Council for Maryland Archeology offer a Certificate and Training Program for Archeological Technicians (CAT Program), providing an
opportunity to be recognized for formal and extended training in archeology without participation in a degree program. Certificate candidates must be members of the ASM, and work under the supervision of a mentor. A series of required readings and workshops is coupled with practical experience in archeological research. For information about the CAT Program, and Application forms, visit the ASM web site at

The Herring Run Archaeology Project
The Herring Run Archaeology Project is an all-volunteer archeology program in Baltimore City. Join us in the field or in the lab this spring and summer! Volunteer registration can be found on our website,, along with many other details about the project, or you can follow us on Instagram and Facebook for the latest news. Contact:

Historic St. Mary’s City: A Museum of History and Archaeology
Historic St. Mary's City (HSMC) is the site of the fourth permanent English settlement in North America, Maryland's first capital, and the birthplace of religious toleration in America. The Department of Research & Collections at HSMC, with St. Mary's College of Maryland, offers a Field School in Historical Archaeology from May 28 through August 3, 2019. While in the field, staff and students offer tours of the excavations to visitors. During the Tidewater Archaeology Weekend event (July 20 – 21), members of the public can sift for artifacts with the archeology team and take special tours of the archeological laboratory and other museum sites. Visitors are also encouraged to explore the St. John’s Site Museum, which provides insights into ways researchers use historical and archeological evidence. Contact HSMC 240-895-4990, 800-SMC- 1634, or For a list of events visit

Historic St. Mary's City
Museum of History and Archaeology
P.O. Box 39
St. Mary's City, MD 20686




Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum: Public Archaeology Program
Smith’s St. Leonard Site; May 7 – June 29, 2019
Join Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum archeologists in the excavation of early 18th century buildings at the Smith’s St. Leonard Site. The program runs from May 7 through June 29. Tuesdays and Thursdays are “Lab Days,” while Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays are “Field Days.” To register contact Ed Chaney at (410) 586-8554 or

Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum
10515 Mackall Road
St. Leonard, Maryland 20685
Ph: 410.586.8501

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation

Experience Prince George’s County’s history first-hand through
volunteering with the Archaeology Program. Individuals, 14 years and up, can learn how archeologists investigate the past and assist them with excavations and lab work. Volunteer registration is required through For information call the Archaeology Program office at 301- 627-1286 or email Stephanie Sperling at

Archaeology Program
Natural and Historical Resources Division
8204 McClure Road
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Montgomery Parks Department, Park Planning and Stewardship
Join the Montgomery Parks’ archeology program in uncovering Montgomery County’s past through the investigation and analysis of sites that cover the entire 12,000 year history of the County. There are opportunities for fieldwork and labwork. Volunteers are welcome on Mondays and Wednesdays. For Volunteer Application contact Heather Bouslog by phone at 301.563.7530, or email at, or visit

Archaeology Program
Needwood Mansion
6700 Needwood Road
Derwood, Maryland 20855

Maryland Historical Trust
Archeology Programs

The Maryland Historical Trust is committed to involving the public in archeology. The Maryland Maritime Archeology Program provides opportunities for volunteers in field activities on a seasonal basis. Participants need not be divers. Terrestrial archeological programs include an annual Field Session cohosted
with the Archeological Society of Maryland. This eleven-day field investigation combines education with research, and provides unparalleled professional-avocational interaction. Additional field projects occur throughout the year. An Open Lab is held on most Tuesdays during the year teaching proper archeological lab techniques. Presentations, displays, publications, and internships are also offered. To learn more contact State Terrestrial Archeologist Charlie Hall at, or State Underwater Archeologist Susan Langley at

Maryland Historical Trust
100 Community Place
Crownsville, MD 21032















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