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 2017 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 Meeting: Wednesday May 10, 2017

Continuing with our reports on the Biggs Ford Site near Walkersville, Erin Cagney of American University will present "Of Palisades and Post Molds" on Wednesday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m.

The fieldwork conducted in Tyler Bastian's 1969-1970 salvage trench at Biggs Ford revealed a unique window into two Late Woodland villages, a Montgomery Complex and a Keyser Complex.  The post mold patterns observed in the initial analysis of the trench may indicate the footprints of both complexes.  Linear post mold arcs and a ring of pits may be consistent with other known Montgomery Complex sites, namely the Winslow site in Montgomery County.  Additionally, post mold patterns in the extreme eastern and western portions of Bastian's trench indicate possible palisade arcs, analyzed with CAD to reveal a consistency in spacing and diameter with at least three other Keyser Complex sites in Maryland.  Since 2013, much more extensive fieldwork has been conducted, revealing the presence of more post molds at the site.  This paper will utilize the site data collected from field sessions between 2013 and 2015 to further analyze the post molds and potentially determine the existence of patterns that can indicate the layout of both the Montgomery Complex village and the Keyser Complex village at Biggs Ford.

  The presentation will be held in the Trust Room of the C. Burr Artz Library, 110 East Patrick Street, in downtown Frederick.  The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m.  Note the new time.  The meeting is free and open to the public.


It will be held in the Community Room of the C. Burr Artz Library, 110 East Patrick Street at 7 PM.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

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



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ASM Annual Meeting:

  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.


Dig Deeper into Maryland Archeology!

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Maryland Historical Trust Archeology

Monocacy Battlefield Slave Village at L'Heritage Plantation

Jefferson Patterson Archeological Conservation Lab and Museum

Archeology in Annapolis

Annapolis 19th Century African American Life Dig

Anne Arundel Lost Towns Project

Port Tobacco Archeological Project Blog

Historic St Mary's City Archeology

Baltimore Historic Lloyd Street Synagogue 1845 Mikveh Discovery

The Middle Woodland Period in Central Maryland

Archeology at Wye House, Talbot County 2006

Anne Arundel Pig Point Site

Charles County, Piscataway Zekiah Fort Find

State Highways Archeology

Upcoming Archeological Events:

April 22 - 30 -- Herring Run Archaeology Project, Baltimore - Excavation of a former plantation occupied for nearly 300 years from the late 17th century to mid-19th century.  Register at herringrunarchaeology@gmail. com - Note the weekends are already booked, but space may be available during the week.

May 26 - June 5 - Tyler Bastian Field Session in Maryland Archeology, at the Calverton Site (18CV22) in Calvert County, Maryland.  Registration form available at  Preregistration must be received prior to May 22 or you may register at the site.  Fee.


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Recording finds
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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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