Monday, April 24, 2017

Maryland Unearthed: A Guide to Archaeological Collections

Maryland Unearthed: A Guide to Archaeological Collections

Maryland Unearthed provides access to many of the important archaeological collections maintained by the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, the state's central curation facility.

The primary audience for this web site includes archaeologists and historians interested in learning more about the archaeological collections housed at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. These collections are available for study and research and it is hoped this web site will make it easier for researchers to plan research visits to the lab. We also invite students, educators, museum curators, and others interested in Maryland’s past to explore this site.

The main menu gives you access to the three areas of the site:

Browse Sites – Some 268 archaeological sites have been analyzed as part of the project. General information about each site, including site type, a brief description and number of archaeological features is available here. You can also access the site summary pages here thought the site number links, as well as access more detailed site descriptions from the Maryland Historical Trust’s Archeological Synthesis Project.

Map Search – If you are interested in archaeological sites from a particular county or city, you can easily search the database through the map search function.

Search Database – This area includes an on-line search feature that allows you to interrogate the context database, which contains over 4,000 records from 268 sites ranging from over 11,000 years ago to the mid-20th century.

We hope you enjoy the material you will find posted here! For questions, comments, or suggestions, contact Patricia Samford (; 410-586-8551) or Gregory J. Brown (

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Underwater Archaeology Field School in Lake Champlain, VT

The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) is running a Field School for the Basin Harbor Shipwreck in late May through June, 2017.

A field school experience is a critical component for anyone interested in learning about underwater archaeology. The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) is hosting a rigorous three-week program that offers a mix of both instruction and hands-on underwater archaeological research.  The diving sessions will teach practical underwater skills using both traditional documentation techniques and cutting-edge technology on an historic shipwreck. Through additional lecture, students will have the opportunity to study legal issues in archaeology, to learn about local history, and to participate in artifact conservation.

The site to be worked on is an 89-foot unknown wooden vessel located in Basin Harbor. Beyond the wooden hull remains, artifacts found on site include glass bottles, iron spikes and other iron fasteners. The identity and time period of the wreck are still unknown. Come help us solve the mysteries of the Basin Harbor wreck!

Students must be SCUBA-certified
Students must have dive insurance
Students must have current CPR and First Aid certifications

For more information and applications, go here.