Archaeologist shows volunteer the notching in a projectile point at the
Chapel Branch West Site.
The Terrestrial Archaeology Program at Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) carries out land-based excavations and lab
research throughout the State of Maryland to inform the Maryland Inventory
of Historic Properties (MIHP).
A major component of the Terrestrial Archaeology Program is the Annual Field Session in Maryland Archaeology. This cooperative venture with the Archaeological 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. In the past the field session studied sites as varied as prehistoric campsites, an
historic Indian village, an 18th century plantation, and a Revolutionary War shipyard. Public participation
is encouraged, both in the field and in the lab.
In addition to the formal field session, as a part of the ongoing survey and testing programs at
MHT, volunteer assistance is occasionally needed to help with fieldwork and
site visits. If you are interested in these occasional volunteering opportunities please contact
Dr. Matt McKnight at (410) 697-9572 or fill
out the webform on the Public Programs page.
Throughout the year, the Terrestrial Archaeology Program also sponsors or co-sponsors public educational
activities, including an annual Workshop in Archaeology
and Maryland Archeology Month.
For more information on the field session, workshops, and other educational and volunteer
opportunities, see the Public Programs section of this website.
In addition to the research and public programs described above, the Terrestrial Archaeology Program
issues permits for archaeological investigations on
state-owned or state-controlled lands, and provides oversight of MHT-grant-funded
archaeology projects undertaken on land.
Another aim of the MHT Terrestrial Archaeology Program is to take the data from major projects and make it
accessible. MHT’s Archaeological
Synthesis Project was developed to move data from dusty shelves of grey literature to readily
available information useful from both research and compliance perspectives.