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 2018 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: February 14, 2018

Beyond the Battle:  How Archaeology Helps Us Tell New Stories at Monocacy National Battlefield

Megan Bailey, PhD Candidate at the University of Maryland, will present this program on the archeology of the Battlefield on Wednesday, February 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the C. Burr Artz Library, 110 East Patrick Street in downtown Frederick.  Long recognized as the site of an important Civil War battle, considerable energy has been invested in educating the public about Monocacy National Battlefield.  For over a decade, National Park Service staff, volunteers, students, and researchers have been working together on multiple research projects at Monocacy in order to expand our knowledge of the site and provide broader context for the battle.  Excavations were undertaken to explore the slave village associated with an 18th- and 19th-century plantation, L'Hermitage.  Though the data have not yet been fully incorporated into Monocacy's interpretive materials, they form the basis of an addition to the traditional battlefield narrative. 

Our speaker has been involved in the L'Hermitage project since 2010.  Initially she performed archival research at the Maryland State Archives, where she examined court records and census data to develop background information on the Vincendiere family and the enslaved population at L'Hermitage.  In the summers of 2010 and 2011, she was hired by the National Park Service to assist with the excavation of the slave village.  Working under then-culture resources program manager Joy Beasley and field director Kate Birmingham, she helped uncover evidence of six living quarters.  In the summer of 2012, she led an investigation to determine whether a seventh dwelling had existed in the slave village.  Between and after field seasons, she continued to work on the project by processing artifacts, performing background research, and writing about our findings.  In 2017, she completed her doctoral dissertation, which was on the L'Hermitage project and how it fit into the mission of Monocacy National Battlefield.

The presentation is free and open to the public.  Several members of the Monocacy Archeological Society helped with the excavation.


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

The meeting is free and open to the public.

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:

Saturday, October 21, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. -- Annual Meeting of the Archeological Society of Maryland, Howard Community College, Columbia.  Program, directions to the location and arrangements available on the ASM web site:  Fee 


Saturday, October 28 - 2017 Annual Workshops in Archaeology, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg.  All day program followed by a reception.  For the complete schedule of papers, visit their web site:  www.PennsylvaniaArchaeology. com or portal/communities/ archaeology/


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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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