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 2019 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: March 13, 2019

Cassandra Michaud will present a summary of the recently concluded archaeological excavations at the Josiah Henson site in Montgomery County, MD.  The site represents the core of the former Riley Plantation, where Josiah Henson was enslaved during the first quarter of the 19th century.  Henson was an abolitionist, Freedom Seeker, minister UGRR conductor, and model for the main character of the novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin".  Montgomery Parks is constructing a museum to the life of Rev. Henson and to slavery in Montgomery County, and the presentation will also include an overview of the Museum and exhibits.

Cassandra Michaud, RPA, is Co-Lead of the Archaeology Program at M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks and focuses on the stewardship and interpretation of archeological sites on Park land through public involvement.  She has an MA in Archaeological Studies from Boston University and BA in Anthropology from the University of Maryland, College Park.  Before joining Montgomery Parks, she spent almost a decade working as a cultural resource management professional.

The presentation will be in the Community Room of the C. Burr Artz Library, 110 East Patrick Street, in downtown Frederick, beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13.  The meeting is free and open to the public.

Last month's speaker from the SHA has provided this link to

the MDOT/SHA archaeology story map that I discussed at the end of the presentation:

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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State Highways Archeology

Upcoming Archeological Events:

Sundays in March - "Become an Archaeologist for the Day at Catoctin Furnace"  -- Working with professional archeologists from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Colliers Log Home, 12607 Catoctin Furnace Road. you will be able to work with the more than 30,000 artifacts found from a recent archeological investigation.  You must
pre-register by contacting or or calling 443-463-6437.

March 10 -- space may still be available for a metal-detecting workshop from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum, across from the Howard County Fair Grounds.  Preregistration of $10 is required and includes lunch.  Contact Kelly Palich at 410-313-0423.

March 21 - 24 -- Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference, Ocean City, Maryland, Quality Inn, 5400 Coastal Highway, extensive program at the hotel, but the sleeping rooms are booked. Pre-register by March 8.  Lengthy program available on MAAC website.

March 30 - Workshop in Archeology at Crownsville,  Program sponsored by the Maryland Historical Trust - program will be in the March newsletter of the Archeological Society of Maryland.

June 16 - 19 - Country School Association of America 2019 Conference -- Preserving our Schoolhouse Heritage at the Claggett Center.  Sunday is check-in day with an evening program; Monday and Tuesday presentations, workshops, and panel discussions with a bus tour of schoolhouse sites on Wednesday, June 19.  Preregistration is encouraged now since the overnight facilities are not large.  www.CountrySchool


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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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