Current Historic Research in the County
A Race Against Time: Maryland Archaeology and Quest to Recover History
One-third of archaeological sites in Anne Arundel County are threatened by weather and other natural hazards. Find out what measures are being taken and how you can help by watching this video.
A Native American Village - Archaeological Exploration on County Lands
The County has been working with volunteers and students over the past three years to explore a fascinating Native American Archaeological Site located on the County-owned Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary in Lothian. Learn more about what the team has found- and what we have found out- on this YouTube video.
The General's Highway Cultural and Historic Landscape Study
The County's Cultural Resources Division recently completed a three-year archaeological and historical study of historic Generals Highway in partnership with the Maryland State Highway Administration. The result is a Cultural and Historical Landscape Study, which covers some of the County's most historic territory. Learn more with this interactive digital map! Or download a printable brochure about the project!
Beach Resorts in Anne Arundel County. Capturing 20th century stories of recreation and bay-side retreats!
The County, in partnership with the Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation, investigated some almost modern history in 2016. The shorelines of the County were once dotted with hundreds of beach resorts and vacation communities in the first half of the 20th century. These developments, some which have evolved into year round communities, while others have been lost to time, made Anne Arundel County a popular tourist destination, before the Bay Bridge, and they have left a lasting legacy on the County's landscape and development patterns. Do you remember any of these beach resorts? Watch our video to learn more!
For a more robust history of our beach resorts and communities, download the companion report by consultant Amanda Melton!
Liberating Artifacts from the County's Archaeological Curation Facility
The Anne Arundel County Archaeology Lab curates more than 3.1 Million artifacts yet these pieces of the past rarely make it out of their boxes. With support from the Maryland Humanities Council, the team put together a virtual exhibit. Explore artifacts from five of the County's more interesting sites, and find out what we have learned from their recovery and study. Each artifact tells a story- so begin exploring the past by clicking here!