Volunteer with the Lost Towns Project of Anne Arundel County!
Anne Arundel County, in coordination with non-profits like the Lost Towns Project, offers citizens the opportunity to rediscover their County’s history first hand. Whether you are a retiree or a college student, or even if you are just curious and just want to see how archaeology happens, we have an activity that will suit your interests. We encourage the general public to dig alongside the County’s professional archaeologist, volunteer in our lab, or research the County’s past at the Maryland State Archives
. No prior experience is necessary, just an enthusiasm for the past!
Volunteers and Interns can participate in a real archaeology dig on Native American sites or colonial plantations. The Lost Towns Project has supported important research on many of the County’s nearly 1,400 sites so locations may vary depending upon the current research program and the seasons. As a volunteer, you will experience “on the job” training at real archaeology sites, and tasks may include digging, screening for artifacts, and documenting the excavations. During the spring, summer and fall, field opportunities are available Tuesdays through Fridays.
The County's Archaeology Lab facility, located at Historic London Town and Gardens
in Edgewater, Maryland accepts volunteers and interns to help process artifacts, including washing, labeling, analyzing, conserving, and cataloging artifacts. The lab is generally open Mondays from 10am until 3pm, and Tuesdays through Thursdays 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The lab is closed on Fridays, except by special appointment. Please call first to arrange your visit.
Our lab facility is also the receptacle for hundreds of books on the history and archaeology of the County recently acquired by the Anne Arundel County Library System
. The library is open to the public for onsite research by appointment only and the books cannot be checked out.
Volunteers are also needed to assist with archival research at the Maryland State Archives
. Before beginning excavations at an archaeology site, one must research land records, census data, wills and probate inventories and historic maps, all of which helps formulate research questions and better understand the historic context of these resources. No prior experience is necessary; we'll assist you in getting started!
The County's professional archaeologists, architectural historians and historians welcome advanced high school and college interns to join us. Under the teams’ professional guidance, students can learn the ropes and find out if a career in archaeology is right for them. Often, credit can be arranged in cooperation with your academic institution. Contact us for more information or to apply.