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.

Our Next Meeting! 

May 13th

The Monocacy Archeological Society will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, in the Trust Room of the C. Burr Artz Library, 110 East Patrick Street, Frederick. 

The program will be a showing of the film, Journey to 10,000 BC: The Real Story of Prehistoric Man's Fight for Survival, produced for History.  This film includes a
story of Paleo-Indians in the Delmarva region. 

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.  6 PM.

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



April 25 - Beginning at 9:00 a.m. to 3PM
ASM Spring Symposium
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Anne Arundel County.  Bring your own lunch as facilities in the area are limited.  See www.marylandarcheology.org


June 27th - Monocacy Aqueduct, program with Piscataway Native Americans, including dancing and identification of wild plants and their uses.  Noon to 4PM.


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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.

More!

Friday April 10th

Illuminating Frederick

Author talk and illuminating the square to commemorate Lincoln's death.

www.heartofthecivilwar.org



May 22 - June 1 - ASM field school at the Biggs Ford Site near Walkersville, Frederick County.  Look for the registration form in the ASM newsletter in April or March.  Registration is required to participate although you may visit the site without registering, but parking is a concern and you need to make arrangements in advance.

 

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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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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