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 2017 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: Wednesday February 8, 2017

"The Incarnate Devils:"  The Workers Who Built the C&O Canal

Jason Shellenhamer, an archeologist from Baltimore who was part of the major study of the C&O Canal, which was completed in 2011, will make the presentation.  The historical significance of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal has been recognized in the area of architecture, engineering, commerce, transportation, military history, and commerce; however, the story of the canal has seldom been told from the point of view of the people who built it. 

Those individuals were the exemplars of the industrial working class, and their conflicts with the Canal Company and with each other offered the nation a glimpse of a century of labor strife looming in the future.  This paper explores the results of a nine year effort by the National Park Service, National Capital Region to identify workers' camps and other labor sites associated with those individuals who constructed the most impressive survival of the American canal-building era.

It will be held in the Community Room of the C. Burr Artz Library, 110 East Patrick Street at 6 PM.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Please note that if Frederick County Public Schools close early or classes are cancelled due to inclement weather, the meeting will not be held.  This will hold true as well for the planned meeting on February 8, 2017.

For more information, visit our web site, or call 301-378-0212.

  For more information, visit the Society's web page, or by calling 301-378-0212.



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ASM Annual Meeting:

  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:

March 10-13 - Mid-Atlantic Archeological Conference, Virginia Beach Resort Conference Center, 2800 Virginia Shore Drive, Virginia Beach.  Papers on work from the Biggs-Ford Site will be presented as well as Bill Schindler, professor of archaeology at Washington College, Chesterown on the Great Human Race, in which he traces the route of early Native Americans to this continent.

March 26 - Workshop in Archeology, Archeological Society of Maryland and the Maryland Historical Trust,Crownsville

April 9 - Archeological Society of Maryland, Spring Symposium, Crownsville

April 22 - 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Discovering Archaeology Day, Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, 10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard, Maryland - Free.


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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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