CTY Returns to JPPM


Second through fourth grade students from the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth returned to JPPM this year and we were happy to treat them to all that the Park has to offer. They learned native skills at our Indian Village, experienced archaeology at the Smith’s St. Leonard site, and experimented with artifact treatment techniques in the MAC Lab. Checking out a room with 8 million artifacts just added to the fun. The staff enjoyed working hands-on with these bright kids and hope they all had a great time discovering JPPM!


Learning about electrolytic reduction with conservators


Look at this way cool projectile point!

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Public Archaeology Starts Today!


Half scruple apothecary weight

Each year, archaeologists and volunteers discover more about JPPM’s 18th-century Smith’s St. Leonard tobacco plantation site – and there’s still so much to learn! Find out all about archaeology and the Smith family through hands-on excavation at JPPM’s most popular public program. C’mon and get dirty! This year, maybe YOU’LL be the one to find a tobacco pipe bowl, or a silver coin, or maybe even another cellar…We’re out in the field now, come join us! Continue reading

Poplar Forest Artifacts


Recently, artifacts from Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson’s plantation near Lynchburg, Virginia, have arrived at the MAC Lab. One of two homes that Jefferson designed and created for his own use, Poplar Forest has been designated a National Historic Landmark and the plantation house is operated as a historic house museum. Archaeological excavations on the property continue every year and the artifacts being treated by lab conservators are just a tiny sample of what archaeologists are discovering as they continue to provide information for the restoration of the rest of the plantation’s property.


Treating metal artifacts with tannic acid

Biscayne Figurines in Conservation


Between 1765 and 1770, a 70 foot New England ship carrying a large cargo of British ceramics sank in what is now Biscayne National Park in Florida. Conservator Cait Shaffer has been treating several coral covered ceramic figurines from the ship, nicknamed the English China wreck, using chemical cleaning techniques as well as a sonic descaler (the same instrument your dentist may use to clean your teeth). Cait has made a fantastic time-lapse photography presentation showing the removal of the encrustations from one of the figurines, and you can see it by clicking here.

2 of the Biscayne Figurines:

Public Archaeology at JPPM Starts May 8th


Join us for JPPM’s free Public Archaeology program this summer! You can excavate, learn to identify artifacts and soil features, and chat with Park archaeologists about 18th-century life in the Chesapeake. This season, we will return to the Smith’s St Leonard site, an 18th-century tobacco plantation that includes a family residence, slave quarter, stable, detached kitchen and more! The program will run May 8th through June 30th. Excavations at the site will take place between 10am and 3pm on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (weather permitting). On Tuesdays and Thursdays, you can join the crew in the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory to learn more about the artifacts found in the field. If you would like to participate, please call Ed Chaney at 410.586.8554 or email echaney@mdp.state.md.us.


Try your hand with a shovel


Screen for artifacts


Maybe you’ll find a bottle seal like this one!

Discovering Archaeology Day April 14th!


Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum invites you to celebrate Discovering Archaeology Day 2012 on April 14th from 10am – 5pm. There will be lots of activities for you to enjoy. We’ll be offering guided tours of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory and demonstrations in the Indian Village. Be sure to visit JPPM’s 18th-century tobacco plantation site where you can see the ongoing excavation and talk to museum archaeologists. If you own something that you think is historical, but you’re not really sure, bring it with you and we’ll identify it for you. You will also have the opportunity to meet professional archaeologists from around the region, ask them questions, and enjoy their exhibits and displays. There’s something for everyone at JPPM and Discovering Archaeology Day!


Excavation and site recording at JPPM’s Smith’s St. Leonard Site


Activities at the Park and Museum’s Indian Village


Tours of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab

April is Maryland Archeology Month


Be on the lookout for archaeology events this month! Throughout Maryland, opportunities to attend lectures and exhibits, take part in hands-on activities and workshops, participate in children’s activities, and see excavations will be offered as Maryland celebrates Archeology Month!


Bring the kids


Visit an excavation


Check out an exhibit