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.

Next Meeting: Thursday Sept 15, 2016

Mapping the Indigenous Cultural Landscapes of the Chesapeake Bay Region

This presentation explores effortsee by St. Mary's College of Maryland, the Piscataway of southern Maryland, and the Rappahannock of Virginia to map the ancestral and contemporary Native landscapes.  Supported by generous funding from the National Park Service in support of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, this project uses a compilation of ethnographic, archaeological, and historical data to identify important landscapes then targeted for preservation and interpretation.  The work exemplifies a long record of preserving American places by the National Park Service, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.  Julia A. King is a professor of anthropology at St. Mary's College of Maryland, a four-year public college located in St. Mary's City and served as Principal investigator on the Piscataway and Rappahannock projects.

The presentation will be held at the Thurmont Regional Library, 76 East Moser Road in Thurmont on Thursday, September 15, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

This event will take the place of the September monthly meeting of the Monocacy Archeological Society.

  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.


Dig Deeper into Maryland Archeology!

Archeological Society of Maryland

Maryland Historical Trust Archeology

Monocacy Battlefield Slave Village at L'Heritage Plantation

Jefferson Patterson Archeological Conservation Lab and Museum

Archeology in Annapolis

Annapolis 19th Century African American Life Dig

Anne Arundel Lost Towns Project

Port Tobacco Archeological Project Blog

Historic St Mary's City Archeology

Baltimore Historic Lloyd Street Synagogue 1845 Mikveh Discovery

The Middle Woodland Period in Central Maryland

Archeology at Wye House, Talbot County 2006

Anne Arundel Pig Point Site

Charles County, Piscataway Zekiah Fort Find

State Highways Archeology

Other related activities in the area:

Thursday, September 15 - 6:00 p.m. at the Thurmont Library, 76 East Moser Road.  Dr. Julia King of St. Mary's College, will present a program as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the National Park Service as sponsored by the Frederick County Public Libraries.  The program will be of interest to all archeologists and will serve as our September monthly meeting.  The topic will be announced shortly.,

Saturday, October 22 -  The Monocacy Archeological Society will host the Archeological Society of Maryland's annual meeting at Harriet Chapel at Catoctin Furnace.  Look for a preliminary program now with actual times of presentations, tours and a wine tasting to be formalized shortly.  This will serve as our October monthly meeting.



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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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