2011 Public Archaeology Season Begins May 10th

The sun is shining, the weather is warmer, are you ready to excavate? Join us for JPPM’s free Public Archaeology program, where you can learn to identify artifacts, look for soil features, and handle a trowel like a pro. This season’s professional and volunteer archaeologists will return to the buried remains at the Smith’s St Leonard site, an 18th-century tobacco plantation that includes a family residence, slave quarter, large stable, detached kitchen, and much more – come see it yourself! The program will run May 10th through July 2nd. Excavations at the site will take place between 10am and 3pm on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (weather permitting). On Tuesdays and Thursdays, join the crew in the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory to clean and examine the artifacts found in the field. If you would like to participate, call Ed Chaney at 410.586.8554 or email echaney@mdp.state.md.us

*And don’t forget to stop by Discovering Archaeology Day this Saturday, April 16th, between 10am and 5pm. The Smith’s St. Leonard archaeology site will be open and you can get a sneak preview!

Excavating the Smith’s St. Leonard site

Using a brush to excavate a post.


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