The Maryland Historical Trust currently curates millions of archeological artifacts recovered from archeological sites throughout the state. In 1998, MHT completed construction of the Maryland Archeological Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab) to treat and house collections atthe Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM) in St. Leonard, MD. The collections can be used by university-level students and researchers, and artifacts are available on loan to qualified museums and organizations for exhibition.
If you would like information on access for research, volunteer opportunities for working on the collections, or artifact loans, contact the MHT's Collections Manager, Rebecca Morehouse at (410) 586-8583.
In addition to the extensive collections at JPPM, certain collections are held in the Archeology Lab at MHT's Crownsville facilities (on a temporary basis) while being processed, cataloged, or examined as part of larger research projects. Lab days are held every Tuesday when State facilities are open and volunteer help is always welcome. For information on volunteering in the Crownsvile Archeology Lab, contact Dr. Charlie Hall at (410) 697-9552.
Appropriate Place of Repose
The Working Group on Native American Human Remains has been established by the Maryland Secretary of Planning to consider options for an Appropriate Place of Repose for certain Native American Human Remains currently in the care of the Maryland Historical Trust. The Working Group on Native American Human Remains is comprised of ten individuals, five designated by the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs, and five designated by the Maryland Historical Trust.
In December of 2012, the Working Group adopted a series of Statements of Consensus regarding the appropriate disposition of Native American Remains currently held in the care of the State of Maryland. To view the Statements of Consensus document click the link below. Additional documents (meeting agendas, minutes, public notices, and reports) produced by the Working Group are available upon request. For more information, please contact Dr. Charlie Hall, State Terrestrial Archeologist, at (410) 697-9552.