Monocacy Archeological Society
Frederick, MarylandChapter of the Archeological Society of Maryland
|Public volunteers can learn how to work on local archeological dig
sites throughout Maryland, here's what you need to know!
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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.
October 14, 2015
Elizabeth Comer, president of EAC
/ Archaeology and secretary of the Catoctin Furnace Historical
Society, will present "Lives Wrought in the Furnace: New Research
on the Labor Force at Catoctin Furnace". The meeting will be
held at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 14,
The meeting will be held in the Community Room of the C. Burr Artz Library, 110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public.
For more information, call 301-378-0212.
||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
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.
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Other related activities in the area:
October 1, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. - Historical Society of Frederick County presents the P. Newman Lecture featuring noted Lincoln scholar, Harold Holzer, Great Hall of All Saints Episcopal Church, 106 East Church Street, Frederick. - Free
October 9-19 - ASM's Fall Classic Field School, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater, Maryland. Excavation includes continuing work on the 17th Century Shaw plantation site and a small late Woodland site threatened by road construction near the archeology lab. Registration forms and more information available in the ASM September newsletter on line at www.marylandarcheology.org. - fee
October 10 - Nanticoke River Jamboree, Dorchester County, northeast of Vienna on Indiantown Road. For details nanticokeriverjamboree.com - free
October 24 - Archeological Society of Maryland Annual Meeting, Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030 - Program will appear in the October ASM newsletter - fee
November 6 - 8 - Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology (CNEHA), Fredericksburg, Virginia - "Recover, Restore and Remember" - program not yet available.
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.
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.Â A barn built unlike any other North of Louisiana.Â 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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