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.
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: November 13, 2019
MAS meeting, 7:00 p.m. at the C. Burr Artz Library. Dr. John Wah, a soil scientist who focuses on the processes of archeological site formations and reconstructing landscapes that influence behavior in the past, will talk about the recently completed study of rhyolite formations in the Michaux State Forest in Pennsylvania and the rhyolite outcroppings in Frederick County, Maryland. He will discuss the importance of rhyolite to Native Americans in the mid-Atlantic region and report on the work they are currently doing and what they learned from the report just published. He will talk about the quarries, quarry complexes and site distribution on the landscape as well as the qualities in rhyolite that made it so important in prehistory.
November 13 - MAS meeting, 7:00 p.m. at the C. Burr Artz Library. Dr. John Wah will present a talk about the rhyolite study recently concluded which encompassed areas in both the Michaux State Forest in Pennsylvania and in Frederick County.
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, www.digfrederick.com or call 301-378-0212.
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.
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Upcoming Archeological Events:
November 9 - The Annual Workshops in Archaeology Annual Program at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. This year's program explores the story of the Monongahela Indians who were the dominate Indian culture in southwestern Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and northern West Virginia. The program begins 9:00 a.m. and ends at 4:45 p.m., followed by a reception.
November 13 - Dr. John Wah will present a talk about the rhyolite study recently concluded which encompassed areas in both the Michaux State Forest in Pennsylvania and in Frederick County, Maryland. This is the November MAS meeting and will be held at the C. Burr Artz Library, 110 East Patrick Street,, Frederick, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The meeting room will be announced at a later date.
December 11 - Last Monocacy monthly meeting of the year. Speaker to be announced.
January 8, 2020 - Joe Lubozynski, of Frederick County Landmarks, will be speaking about the Beatty-Cramer House and plans for its future.
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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