Scout looks at colonial bottle glass found during the merit badge program.
The best way to learn about archaeology is to do it! Opportunities for public
participation abound, both in the field and lab. Try your hand at underwater
archaeological survey, cleaning and labeling artifacts in the lab, or excavating
in the field.
Archaeologists, 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 Archaeology (see below), as a part
of the ongoing survey and testing programs at the Maryland Historical Trust (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.
» VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
IN MARYLAND ARCHAEOLOGY
Archaeology Field Sessions
This cooperative venture between MHT's Archaeology 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
archaeological methods and teach Maryland's past through hands-on involvement, while making
meaningful contributions to the study of Maryland archaeology.
For more information on the field session, or on how to join the Archeological Society of
Maryland, contact Dr. Matt McKnight at (410) 697-9572.
ABOUT THE SESSION ON THE ARCHEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF MARYLAND WEB SITE
April is Maryland Archeology Month
Join the Office of Archaeology, 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
archaeological heritage! Each year during April, the Governor proclaims
Maryland Archeology Month. Events are held almost every day throughout the
state, including archaeological digs open to visitors, archaeology talks, demonstrations
and films, exhibits of archaeological 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. Zachary Singer, Research Archaeologist at 410-697-9544.
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Workshops and Symposia
The Office of Archaeology and the Archeological
Society of Maryland co-sponsor two major public programs each year: the Archaeology Workshop
in August/September and the Spring Symposium in April. The one-day-long Workshop in
Archaeology features a keynote address, topical lectures, and hands-on activities related to
the prehistoric, historic, and maritime archaeology of the state. The Spring Symposium, produced by the
Archeological Society of Maryland with logistic assistance from MHT,
is another day of engaging speakers, usually presenting research centered around a particular topic, method,
or archaeological problem.
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ABOUT THE WORKSHOP IN ARCHAEOLOGY
Calling All Scouts!
Join MHT for a Scouts BSA Archaeology Merit Badge workshop! Scouts
will participate in a two-day workshop to help fulfill the requirements of the badge. On
day one, a lecture day will be held at MHT headquarters
(100 Community Place, Crownsville, MD). The lecture day will include discussions and
activities to complete most of the Archaeology Merit Badge requirements. Then, on day two, join MHT
archaeologists, Rangers from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and volunteers
from the Archeological Society of Maryland for excavations at the Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary
in Upper Marlboro, MD.
Prerequisites: Scouts will need to complete Requirement 4 on their own. Scouts should also
bring to the lecture day either a family artifact/heirloom, or a 1 week inventory
of their family's trash, and be prepared to discuss these items with merit badge counselors
to complete requirement 7b or c. Please bring Blue Cards if you have previously completed
other requirements. Blue Cards will be provided to all participants as needed.
Youth Protection: All scouts must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. In lieu of a
parent/guardian, one adult leader may accompany multiple scouts while conforming with BSA
Youth Protection guidelines. In addition, MHT has registered scout leaders with YPT
certification on staff.
If you or your troop are interested in taking part in any
subsequent Scouts BSA Archaeology Merit Badge workshops, please consider taking a few moments to answer
this interest form:
» INTEREST FORM