Public Archeology Programs
The best way to learn about archeology is to do it! Opportunities for public participation abound, both in the field and lab. Try your hand at underwater archeological survey, cleaning and labeling artifacts in the lab, or excavating in the field.
Archeologists, both here at the state office and at other programs around the state, are eager to accept volunteers to help with a variety of activities. In addition to our Annual Field Session in Archeology (see below), as a part of the ongoing survey and testing programs at the MHT, volunteer assistance is occasionally needed to help with fieldwork and site visits. There are also workshops, symposia, and other educational programs sponsored throughout the state every year.
Archeology Field Sessions
This cooperative venture between the MHT Archeology Program and the Archeological Society of Maryland runs 11 days, inclusive of weekends and the Memorial Day holiday, and is open to the public. The purpose of the Field Session is to train lay persons in archeological methods and teach Maryland's past through hands-on involvement, while making meaningful contributions to the study of Maryland archeology.
For more information on the field session, or on how to join the Archeological Society of Maryland, contact Dr. Charlie Hall at (410) 697-9552.
April is Archeology Month
Join the Office of Archeology, the Archeological Society of Maryland, the Council for Maryland Archeology, the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs, and dozens of other organizations and individuals in a statewide celebration of Maryland's archeological heritage! Each year during April, the Governor proclaims Maryland Archeology Month. Events are held almost every day throughout the state, including archeological digs open to visitors, archeology talks, demonstrations and films, exhibits of archeological finds, and special events at museums like St. Mary's City and Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum.
The Maryland Archeology Month poster and other printed materials are available upon request. To request copies, or for more information contact Dr. Charlie Hall, State Terrestrial Archeologist at 410-697-9552.
Workshops and Symposia
The Office of Archeology and the Archeological Society of Maryland co-sponsor two major public programs each year: the Archeology Workshop in March and the Spring Symposium in April. The one-day-long Workshop in Archeology features a keynote address, topical lectures, and hands-on activities related to the prehistoric, historic, and maritime archeology of the state. The Spring Symposium is another day of engaging speakers, usually presenting research centered around a particular topic, method, or archeological problem.