Public Archaeology Programs
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 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.
Archaeology Field Sessions
This cooperative venture between the MHT 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.
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.
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 is another day of engaging speakers, usually presenting research centered around a particular topic, method, or archaeological problem.