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The Monocacy Archeological Society 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.

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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Public volunteers can learn how to work on local archeological dig sites throughout Maryland, here's what you need to know!

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! However, many odd finds ultimately link us to further investigation and sites of great archeological importance and knowledge.

Questions? Email Us, or call for more information at 301-378-0212

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Our Next Public Meeting, Wednesday, December 10 - MAS meeting - 

William B Crum, Jr., will present a program on the "History of an Old Glade Valley Farm, Home of the Biggs Ford Archeological Site" on Wednesday, December 10 at 6:00 p.m.  The meeting is free and open to the public and will be held in the Community Room of the C.Burr Artz Library, 100 East Patrick Street, Frederick.

If the Frederick County Public Schools close early or do not open on December 10, the meeting will be rescheduled.

Mr. Crum will discuss changes to the farm over the last 190 years, the Neidig family history as related to the farm, and the Crum family's ownership. He will include some history of the house and buildings as well as changes in the surroundings of Retreat Road. Some information about the first excavation of the Biggs Ford site in 1969 will be included.

Program beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the C. Burr Artz Library, 110 East Patrick Street, Frederick. The meeting is free and open to the public.

For more information about the program call 301-378-0212.


Special Notice!

NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION - Regional Archeology Program Web Site Launched

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The regional archeology program for National Capital Region has launched a new web site that highlights archeology around Washington, D.C., and is geared towards the general public, kids, teachers and the historic preservation professional.

Additional Events:

October 30 - November 2 - Annual Eastern States Archeological Federation meeting hosted by ASM at the Holiday Inn, Solomons Island, Maryland. A great nearby opportunity. The meeting includes archeologists from Canada to Florida and as far west as Ohio. It hasn't been held in Maryland since 2000. Banquet speaker is Dr. Henry Miller, Director of Research at Historic St. Mary's City. Tours on October 30 to the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory and Historic St. Mary's City.





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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 suceeding 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. A hocker figure made from deer bone found on the site was used as an element of the Frederick Dreaming artwork.

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.

Wise Farm and Fox Gap Sites

The Wise Farmstead and Fox Gap Portion of the South Mountain Battlefield. The Wise Farmstead (ca 1858 to 1879) was the home and farm of Daniel Wise and his family, located in a beautiful ridge top setting on the crest of the Blue Ridge in central Maryland.

May 2003, ASM Field School at the Winslow Site

A late Woodland native American village site.  Who were these people, and why did they come here, why did they disappear, and where did they go?  Many questions and many eager volunteers seeking the answers.

Monocacy National Battlefield, Best Farm Site

A Civil War battlefield and encampment site.  A French Carribbean 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.

Beatty Cramer House Initial Exploration

One of Frederick's earliest remaining historic structures and unique in Maryland for its construction styles.  A rare example of Dutch architectural features brought down from New York state by a widowed woman and her large family.  Test pits were completed to aid in placing new parking as the site is restored and opened more frequently to the public.

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.


Dig Deeper into Maryland Archeology!

Archeological Society of Maryland

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



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