New Collections Arrive at MAC Lab

Recently, artifact collections from several State Highways Administration archaeology excavations in Anne Arundel County were dropped off at the MAC Lab. Curators were on hand to inspect the collections to be sure that they meet Maryland State curatorial standards. After inspection, the collections are entered into a database by project (site) and curators create accession files from the paperwork that the archaeologist turned in along with the artifacts. Then, the boxes are labeled and added to the MAC Lab’s collections storage.

Inspecting new arrivals

State Curator entering collection information into a database


Volunteer Spotlight

Introducing Alec Brown, the MAC Lab’s newest volunteer in the research and curation departments. Alec is from Upperco, Maryland and graduated from Harvard in 2010 with a degree in classical archaeology. He is done with school for the time being and is assisting the archaeology crew and the curators to acquire field and laboratory experience. Alec’s future plans are to get his PHD in (probably) classical archaeology in order to be a professor. Alec may be with us until spring, which would be nice for him (so he could see what it was like to excavate in UNDER 40 degree weather) and for us (since he is fun to have around)!

Working in the collections workroom

Maryland Archeology Month 2010

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM), State Museum of Archaeology, is proud to be partnering with The Maryland Historical Trust and The Archeological Society of Maryland in Maryland Archeology Month (MAM) 2010. The theme chosen for this year, “From Shovel to Showcase”, focuses on four aspects of the archeological process; Discovery, Preservation, Stewardship, and Education, which are all represented in the programs and activities offered at JPPM. MAC Lab staff created the MAM poster this year and authored the articles for the MAM informational booklet that will be available at Archeology Month events throughout the month of April. We hope that MAM 2010 will raise awareness of the effort to explore, protect and share Maryland’s heritage and we hope that you will enjoy all of the archaeology related activities offered in this month!

Go to The Archeological Society of Maryland’s webpage for information about Maryland Archeology Month activities for April.

MAM Poster created by MAC Lab staff

*Ever see an archaeological cartoon? Our very own MAC Lab conservator and artist, Nancy Shippen, created a series of cartoons for the MAM booklet – pick one up and check it out!