Archaeology and Preservation in Anne Arundel County
The Cultural Resources Division, in coordination with non-profits like the Lost Towns Project,Inc., offers citizens the opportunity to rediscover Anne Arundel 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.
The Cultural Resources Division is committed to public outreach and provides many archaeology and heritage opportunities to the public, often in collaboration with local and State organizations. For example, the County just hosted the 2016 Tyler Bastian Annual Field Session in Maryland Archaeology, which ran from May 27- June 6, 2016 and was conducted in partnership with the Maryland Historical Trust, the Archeological Society of Maryland, the Lost Towns Project, and Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation! Keep checking back here for future events!
- Field WorkVolunteers and Interns can participate in a real archaeology dig on Native American sites or colonial plantations. The County has nearly 1,400 archaeological sites, so locations may vary depending upon the current research program and the seasons. As a volunteer, you can 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. Please email at email@example.com for more information.
- Laboratory WorkAnne Arundel 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 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and Tuesdays through Thursdays 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The lab is closed on Fridays, except by special appointment.
Ever want to be an archaeologist? Well come on down and give it a try. Anne Arundel County's archaeology lab will offers many volunteer and student research opportunities. The lab is open Mondays through Thursday. Join us to dig into the Anne Arundel County's history. No Experience Needed. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please email at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your first visit.
The Anne Arundel County's Archaeology 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 ResearchVolunteers 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 will assist you in getting started.
- InternshipsAnne Arundel 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. Call (410) 222-7440 for more information.