Archaeologists undertaking ground penetrating radar survey at the Maryland State House.
In Maryland, permits are required to perform archaeological investigations on state-owned lands, state-controlled lands,
in caves, and on certain private properties. This includes state-owned or state-controlled submerged lands.
State law generally requires that a permit be obtained from the Office of Archaeology at Maryland Historical
Trust (MHT) prior to conducting any archaeological investigation or any other activity that may affect archaeological
resources on state-owned or state-controlled land, in any cave, and on certain designated private property.
Property owners are not required to obtain a permit for activities on land they own.
» Application for Permit,
For more information on terrestrial permits, contact Dr. Zachary Singer,
State Terrestrial Archaeologist, at (410) 697-9544.
In Maryland, state waters include tidal waters up to the mean high tide line and three miles from the coastline, and
non-tidal waters within the boundaries of the state that were navigable under the laws of the United States as of April
28, 1788, up to the ordinary high water mark. MHT regulates and manages all prehistoric and historic cultural
remains in, partially in, or submerged beneath State waters.
A permit is not required to inspect, study, explore, photograph, measure, record, conduct a reconnaissance survey,
or otherwise use and enjoy a submerged archaeological historic property if the use or activity does not:
- involve excavation, destruction, or substantive injury of the historic property or its immediate environment;
- endanger other persons or property; or
- violate other regulations or provisions of federal, state, or local law.
Any other activities may require a permit to be obtained.
For copies of the relevant regulations, permit application procedures, or more
information, contact Dr. Susan Langley, State
Underwater Archaeologist, at 410-697-9564.