Monocacy Archeological Society
Frederick, MarylandChapter 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.
June 2015June 27th - Monocacy Aqueduct, program with Piscataway Native Americans:
Sugarloaf Regional Trails has been hard at work on a new trail, The Trail of Indian History. It will begin at Point of Rocks and end at Seneca, on the C&O Canal towpath! The trail will be dedicated on June 27 Noon to 4pm at Monocacy Aqueduct. The Piscataway Indian Tribe will honor us with a performance of their Dance and Drum Corp. They will talk to us, describing their customs and traditions. One of their members will tell us about their uses of native plants.
The Piscataways will be coming to their ancestral home of Conoy (Heaters Island).
Please click here to see and download the handout for the celebration!
Native American Regional Trail (pdf)
||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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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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