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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--

 

_ Hands-On Material Culture Workshops during special 2019 evening lab hours (see laboratory work tab below)!

_Join us on June 8th, 8:30am-12:30pm, for the first Anne Arundel County Cemetery Symposium! Titled, Resurrecting Histories: Cemeteries of the Four Rivers Heritage Area, come discover more about the many important historic cemeteries in Anne Arundel County’s Four Rivers Heritage Area during this half-day symposium on in Galesville, Maryland, featuring experts in cemetery research, conservation and preservation and an exclusive tour of the Quaker Burying Ground. Click here to learn more.

_June 12-14, and June 21, 2019 , Jug Bay Archaeology Field Session

Dig at a real archaeology site this summer! In partnership with the Lost Towns Project and Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary, we are offering volunteers the chance to dig alongside real archaeologists at a Native American Site in Lothian. Registration is required.  Please email Dr Zac Singer at pzsing23@aacounty.org to learn more or to sign up. (Fee)

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 pzsing23@aacounty.org 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-Friday, 9AM-3PM

    Special Evening Hours, on select Thursdays, 2PM-9PM, (join us on May 16, 2019; more workshops t.b.a. soon)

    RSVP is required prior to participation in order to ensure daily space and availability. Email Dr. Zac Singer, pzsing23@aacounty.org, to arrange your first visit or to reserve your volunteer spot in the lab!

    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 pzsing23@aacounty.org 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 pzsing23@aacounty.org for more information.