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Volunteer Opportunities & Public Events

Archaeology and Preservation in Anne Arundel County 

The Cultural Resources Division, in coordination with non-profits like Lost Towns Project,Inc. and Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation, Inc. offer 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.
  

Historic London Town and Gardens

--UPCOMING PUBLIC EVENTS--

 

_Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.- Archaeology Lab Open House. Drop in at the Anne Arundel County Archaeology Lab (839 Londontown Rd, Edgewater) to learn more about current projects in the County, volunteer and internship opportunities, or to try your hand at artifact identification, processing, and cataloging! Volunteer Appreciation Party to follow!

_Wednesday, December 11, 6:30 p.m.- 8 p.m.- Heritage Area Stakeholders' Open House. Join the Cultural Resources Division and the Four Rivers Heritage Area Staff at the Odenton Heritage Society Historical Center to discuss expanding the boundary of our local heritage area! Click here to learn more.

_Thursday, December 12, 6:30 p.m.- 8 p.m.- Evening Ogle Workshop. Come immerse yourself in this fascinating collection of prehistoric artifacts - help us sort and identify these important artifacts and learn a bit about local Native American History along the way. 

_Friday, February 28, Evening (schedule t.b.d.) - Partying Through Time Workshop. Come to Historic Londontown & Gardens for this special happy hour event highlighting the festivities of the past! Go on a guided exploration of artifacts from Native American feasts, Colonial Taverns, and other historic celebrations. Beer/wine and light refreshments will be served - first drink included with your admission! $30/person (discount available for members). Contact [email protected] for more information.
 
 

Keep checking back here for updated listings of future events! 

Find out about our volunteer opportunities below.

  • Field Work
    Volunteers 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. The County offers regular volunteer field opportunities to citizens who wish to gain experience in archaeological fieldwork. We also offer field opportunities to document historic buildings and cemeteries. Email [email protected] to learn more about how you can participate.
  • Laboratory Work

    Anne 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. 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. 

    Regular Hours - Monday, Wednesday,Thursday, 9AM-3PM

    RSVP is required prior to participation in order to ensure daily space and availability. Email Drew Webster[email protected], to arrange your first visit or to reserve your volunteer spot in the lab!

    PLEASE NOTE - November 2019 - February 2020 Parking Lot Construction at Historic Londontown and Gardens will affect Lab Hours!

    No Experience Needed. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  
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  • Historic Research
    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 will assist you in getting started.  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. Call (410) 222-1318 or email [email protected] for more information. 
  • Internships
    Anne 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) 222-1318 or email [email protected] for more information.