Monocacy Archeological Society

Frederick, Maryland

Chapter of the Archeological Society of Maryland
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The Monocacy Archeological Society (MAS) promotes and encourages educational programs related to the archeological heritage of Frederick County and the surrounding region.

MAS members volunteer at archeological sites and help to record and preserve archeological information that supports local research and promotes public interest in archeology.

Dues are now payable for 2019 for the Monocacy Chapter, $5.00 per person per year, and for the Archeological Society of Maryland. Membership forms will be available at the meeting and online.

Next: March 11, 2020

MAS meeting, 7:00 p.m. at the C. Burr Artz Library.  David T. Gilbert, a charter member and current Board member of the Harpers Ferry Park Association, will present a program on Virginius Island, a former 19th century industrial site located along the banks of the Shenandoah River in present-day Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.  

November 13 - MAS meeting, 7:00 p.m. at the C. Burr Artz Library. Dr. John Wah will present a talk about the rhyolite study recently concluded which encompassed areas in both the Michaux State Forest in Pennsylvania and in Frederick County. 

If Frederick County Public Schools are closed or close early because of inclement weather, the presentation will be rescheduled.

For more information, visit our web site, or call 301-378-0212.



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  Have you found unusual objects on your property? Our avocational and professional archeologists will examine them with you at our meetings and discuss their relevance, but keep in mind that often a pointed rock looks like an Indian arrowhead!

The Monocacy Archeological Society does not condone "Treasure Hunting" or looting archeological sites and therefore we do not place monetary value on artifacts.

Please remember that archeological data (and significance) is tied to the spatial (horizontal and vertical) relationships that artifacts and sites hold.  Removing artifacts from their provenance irreparably  loses key archeological context and may destroy all ability for associated residue or soil testing.

For more information about these events, watch the web sites for updates and program details.  For more information, call 301-378-0212.


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Upcoming Archeological Events:

February 15 - Tour of USS Constitution, Baltimore's Inner Harbor.  Contact Susan Langley at 410-697-9564 or

The book:  Money, Mayhem & Might written by our September speakers, Rick Lank and Rebecca Rush, is nearing publication - Orders may be placed at  or at  - cost is $40 (tax and shipping is included).

Catoctin Furnace Historical Society items:

Wednesday, February 26:  A collection of narrative poems in the voices of enslaved Africans who were imported to work at the furnace will be unveiled during "In Their Own Voices" beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the Thurmont Regional Library.  The author, Elayne Bond Hyman, will be attending to sign copies and discuss the work.  Lunch will be served by the Silver Oak Academy culinary students.  The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated at or 443-463-7437.

Saturday, March 14:  Forensic facial reconstructions of two enslaved Africans are complete and will be unveiled on Saturday,March 14 at the Delaplaine Center in Frederick (when the museum is complete later in 2020 they will be returned to Catoctin Furnace).  This is due to a generous grant from the Delaplaine Foundation to support this important exhibit.

Other Events:

March 19 - 22, 2020 - Mid-Atlantic Archeological Conference, Holiday Inn Oceanfront, Ocean City, Maryland -  program is not yet available, but the keynote speaker is Dr. Stephen Potter on "The Archeology of the Potomac River Valley: a View from the National Parks".

March 28:  Workshop in Archeology, Crownsville, organized by the Office of Archeology of the Maryland Historical Trust  -  all day

Coming up:  A silent auction at ASM's Spring Symposium - after a break to give members time to accumulate stuff they would like to get rid of (actually to share with others) ASM is resuming its silent auction with this year's Spring Symposium, April 18 in Crownsville. Start thinking of items you'd like to donate or places that may offer gift certificates.  Information on how you can make your donation will appear shortly, but start thinking about it now.

Saturday, April 18:  Spring Symposium - details will be forthcoming.

End of May - 11-day archeological field school cosponsored by the Maryland Historic Trust, Office of Archeology, and the Archeological Society of Maryland - site location to be determined.



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Past Chapter Projects:

Rosenstock Site - Late Woodland village site, worked from 1979 to 1992, recently preserved by the Archeological Conservancy. It was discovered in the early twentieth century and collected by locals, it can be called the "first city" of Frederick, as village complexes were used here by Native Americans over hundreds of years and yields important insights into the connections between sites along the Potomac River and known sites further north. More Info Here

Claggett Retreat Site Field School and Swomley Artifacts Display at C Burr Artz Library, Frederick. Article and Video

Read about local Chapter Member George Evans and his archeological pursuits.

Monocacy National Battlefield, Best Farm Site

A Civil War battlefield and encampment site.  A French Caribbean family with perhaps the most slaves in the County.  A barn built unlike any other North of Louisiana.  Also native American sites.

Antietam Battlefield - Civil War

Metal detecting for artifacts on the battlefield, and the replanting of the 1860's orchard with the heirloom apple varieties that were cut to the ground by bullets during the battle.

The Search for the Lost Monocacy Log Church

Long before the clustered spires, a fabled, simple log structure served as the focal point of religious life in Frederick County.  A few clues from the reports of missionary Palantine Ministers hint at its location without any certainty.  From the old German diaries we glean a few clues and believe we have a sense of where the church may have been located, and its not where everyone seems to believe from local markers.  But ground penetrating radar yields no further proof.

Local avocational archeologist and regionally respected Chapter Member Spencer Geasey donates his archeological library to Frederick.

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