A Special Volunteer Field Opportunity, May 27- June 6, 2016!

Anne Arundel County, in cooperation with the Archeological Society of Maryland and the  Maryland Historical Trust, is hosting the 2016 Tyler Bastian Annual Field Session in Maryland Archaeology! Come join us on May 27- June 6, 2016! Click here for more information and get the registration form here.


The Lost Towns Project is currently sponsoring or providing support to the following projects.

  • The Pig Point Ceremonial Complex:WigWam
  • Led by Dr. Al Luckenbach excavations continue at occupation sites associated with the Pig Point ceremonial center and special studies are ongoing. In just a few weeks, we’ll convene a small group of experts on the Adena culture from all over the Country to review the latest scholarship and discuss this phenomenal site, and plans are in the works for a book.
  • Hurricane Sandy Project:
  • Principal Investigator Stephanie Sperling, MAA, a respected expert on the impacts of sea level rise on cultural resources launched this project in the Summer of 2015. Sperling’s team will be recovering data from five sites that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy (and continue to be threatened by erosion and rising sea levels).
  • The Lost Towns Project, Anne Arundel County, and the Gibson Island Historical Society have joined forces on a multifaceted archaeological investigation at Gibson Island. Led by Dr. John Kille, the work has so far uncovered an 18th-19th century foundation, a prehistoric shell midden, and a 19th century domestic scatter. This Fall, Kille and several enthusiastic volunteers from Gibson Island will continue the search for an 18th-century mill site.
  • Galesville is the Place to Be!!! There is so much going on down in Galesville, and LTP was a key partner on the Hometown Teams Exhibit, highlighting the Hot Sox Sandlot team. The Smithsonian   Museum on Main Street  travelling exhibit recently closed, after seeing more than 500 visitors during itsn6 week run. The exhibit also featured the work of students from Central Middle School and South River High. The Field Guide to Galesville, produced with funding from the Four Rivers Heritage Area, was officially unveiled on August 8th, 2015 with a special guided tour by local historians and archaeologists. LTP also sponsored a guided Historic Paddling Tour of Galesville.
  • Rediscovering Local History with the Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Building off of the exciting partnership with the STEM program in Galesville last year, we’re going to do it again! In 2015/2016, the team will be working with Central Middle School (CMS) to explore and study the Beverly Triton Beach Park. It’s got prehistory, 19th-century sites, and a 20th-century beach resort hiding in the woods. Consultant Mandy Melton will be mentoring several CMS teachers as they develop STEM-based curriculum for there academic year.  We will also be hosting the entire 6th grade from Central Middle for a hands-on field trip this fall.
  • Coming Later this Fall– We plan to sponsor Evening and Weekend Lab Hours at the Anne Arundel County Archaeology Lab in Edgewater. If you are interested, please drop us a note. We will need 6-8 volunteers to sign up in order to keep the lab open for these special hours.

To sign up as a volunteer on any of these projects, drop us a line at volunteers@losttownsproject.org.

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