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Volunteer with the Lost Towns Project of Anne Arundel County!

The Lost Towns Project of Anne Arundel County 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!
Field Work!
Volunteers and Interns can participate in a real archaeology dig on Native American sites or colonial plantations. The Lost Towns Project often works at several of the County’s nearly 1,400 sites in a given week or month; thus the locations will vary. As a volunteer, you will experience “on the job” training at our sites typically include digging, screening for artifacts, and documenting the excavations. During the spring, summer and fall, the Lost Towns Project is typically out in the field Tuesdays through Fridays.
Laboratory Work!
Join the Lost Towns Project’s at our new lab facility, located at Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater, Maryland. Volunteers in the lab 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 new 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.
Historic Research!
The Lost Towns Project also needs volunteers to assist with archival research at the Maryland State Archives. Before beginning excavations at a site, the team researches land records, census data, wills and probate inventories and historic maps, all of which helps the team formulate research questions and better understand the historic context of these resources. No prior experience is necessary; our team of historians will assist you in getting started!
The team of 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 Lauren Schiszik, the Lost Towns Project Intern Coordinator for more information or to apply. Exceptionally qualified students may apply for competitive stipends.


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