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Tyler Bastian Field Session in Maryland Archeology



The Annual Tyler Bastian Field Session in Maryland Archeology is one of ASM's most popular programs. Named after Maryland's first State Archeologist who began the Field Session in 1971 as a weekend field testing project, it has grown to today's 11-day field and lab training program, complete with lecture series, workshops, and meal/camping facilities. 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. Sites are selected for their research potential, endangerment (e.g., from erosion, development, etc.), and for their suitability as a training site. The program has worked well in that it provides a structured, professionally-directed excavation project for students and lay people, and provides the Office of Archeology's professional staff with an eager, well-trained cadre of volunteer assistants.

The Field Session has investigated over 30 different sites in 13 of Maryland's 23 counties, ranging from prehistoric camps and villages to historic mills and plantations. It has fostered a tradition of cooperation and camaraderie between amateur and professional archeologists, putting Maryland at the forefront of nationwide efforts to involve present generations in our shared archeological past.


Field Session Galleries

Tyler Bastian Field Session in Maryland Archeology
Photos and Commentary.
(Click on T-Shirt to view photo galleries.)

The 2016 Tyler Bastian Field Session was held at River Farm 18AN881 in Anne Arundel County.
The 2015 Tyler Bastian Field Session was held at Bigs Fird 18FR14 in Frederick County.
The 2014 Tyler Bastian Field Session was held at Biggs Ford 18FR14 in Frederick County.
In 2013, an additional Field Session was held at the St. Francis Xavier Cemetary in St. Mary's County.
The 2013 Tyler Bastian Field Session was held at Biggs Ford 18FR14 in Frederick County.

The 2012 Tyler Bastian Field Session was held at the Hollingsworth Farm (18CE29) and Elk Landing (18CE60) sites in Cecil County.

Site report: Little Guns on the Big Elk: Discovering Fort Hollingsworth, Elk Landing Site (18CE60) Elkton, Cecil County, Maryland

The 2011 Tyler Bastian Field Session was held at the Barton Site(18AG1) in Allegany County.
The 2010 Tyler Bastian Field Session was held at the Smith's St. Leonard site (18CV91) at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in Calvert County

The 2009 Tyler Bastian Field Session was held at the Port Tobacco Site (18CH765) in Charles County.

Site Report: The 2009 Field Session of the Archeological Society of Maryland: Site Examinations at Port Tobacco

A second 2008 Field Session was held at the Port Tobacco Site (18FR765) in Charles County.

The 2008 Tyler Bastian Field Session was held at the Claggett Retreat Site (18FR25) in Frederick County.

The 2007 Session was held at the Clagget Retreat Site (18FR25) in Frederick County.

For details about the site, click here.

The 2006 Session was held at the Hughes Site (18MO1) in Montgomery County.
2005 Shirt Design
The 2005 Session was held at Swan Cove (18AN934) in Anne Arundel County.
2004 Field Session Shirt Design
The 2004 Session was held at Swan Cove (18AN934) in Anne Arundel County.
The 2003 Annual ASM Field Session was held at the Winslow Site (18MO9) in Montgomery County
The 2002 Annual ASM Field Session was held at the Winslow Site (18MO9) in Montgomery County

T-Shirts

Each year, a t-shirt is prepared for the Annual Field Session.
Click here for a gallery of shirt designs.


Request for Information

We would like to add more Field Session information to this web site. Anyone who would like to contribute items, whether they are photos, journal entries or just field notes, should contact John Fiveash. Information from ALL field sessions will be incorporated into a new Field Session Page.