Public Archaeology Season Opens

Volunteers supervised by staff archaeologists started excavating the Smith’s St. Leonard site on JPPM property this week. The buried remains of an 18th-century plantation owned by Richard Smith, Jr. include a family residence, a slave quarter, a detached kitchen, and other buildings. This year’s volunteers will focus on the slave quarter and an unknown building located nearby. The season continues through July 4th with excavations taking place between 10am and 3pm on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, weather permitting. The program also welcomes the public into the lab on Tuesdays and Thursdays where they can clean and examine the artifacts they have found. If you would like to participate, call Ed Chaney at 410.586.8554 or, if you don’t want to talk to Ed, you can email him at We’ll be bringing you a lot more information about the site and the artifacts discovered there as the season continues.

Ed trying to look important while supervising the volunteers actually doing work.


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