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Archaeological Synthesis Project

Volunteers and MHT Archaeologists working at the Smith-St. Leonard Site in Calvert County

Maryland Historical Trust Archaeological Synthesis Project

The MHT Archaeological Synthesis Project was launched in 2007 by the Maryland Historical Trust Board of Trustees (with additional funding provided by the MD State Highway Administration) to begin the process of synthesizing data from the thousands of excavation projects that have been conducted in Maryland over the past few decades. It consists of a searchable database that is linked to our Maryland Archaeological Site Survey files, but is also tied to synopsis reports and cover sheets generated by reviewing each larger excavation project. The synopsis reports contain a capsule summary of the overall site report, organized in a way that makes it easier for researchers to quickly pull out the most relevant information they would need for reconstructing the past activities at a site. The cover sheets deal more with the history of archaeological activity at a site: specifically the justifications for fieldwork, research objectives, and the potential for future research at the locale.

For questions about the Archaeological Synthesis Project or to make research inquiries, please contact Dr. Matt McKnight at (410) 697-9572.


Use and Access

Use of the Archaeological Synthesis Database is available in two forms: a Public Access version and a Professional Access version. Geographic locations and site setting information within the Public Access version of the database are intentionally vague to protect site locations. Latitude and Longitude data is only accurate to within 1 square mile of each site. This option is suitable unless you are a professional archaeologist. The Professional Access version of the database includes detailed site location information and is only available to authorized archaeologists, agency representatives, and other researchers who meet the Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualification Standards and who currently have a Medusa Account. Search functionality and the universe of sites within the database are identical in both versions.

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