Archaeology Spotlight

 Archaeology Lab, Kent Hall 320

Students can choose to focus their studies on archaeology. We provide many opportunities inside and outside the classroom for students to engage in archaeology.

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Faculty and Student Spotlight

Underwater Archaeology

Our faculty and students are involved in a number of professional organizations and research projects.

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Historic St. Mary's City


Sifting Historic St. Mary's City, the site of the fourth permanent settlement in British North America, Maryland's first capital, and the birthplace of religious toleration. Historic St. Mary's City is an exciting mix of colorful living history and fascinating archaeology, all set in a beautiful tidewater landscape. The archaeology program at Historic St. Mary's City has been ongoing since 1971, when the museum hired its first staff archaeologist. Researchers have recorded over three hundred archaeological sites in the 30% of the National Landmark investigated thus far.

Affiliations with Historic St. Mary's City and nearby Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum/Maryland Archaeology Conservation (MAC) Laboratory provide adjunct faculty and generate rich opportunities for majors to engage in internships, independent studies, senior projects, and hands-on professional research, laboratory, and fieldwork. Students have the opportunity to be mentored by professional as they work with important archaeological and documentary collections housed at the two institutions. Historic St. Mary's City collections are primary 17th century in date and derive from sites associated with the first capital; relevant collections at the MAC lab span the period from c. 1500 through the mid-20th century and range from sites occupied by local Indians to English settlers to enslaved men and women of African descent.

Gara sifting Lectures on history, archaeological methods, and material culture are amplified by hands-on experience in the lab and in the field.  Students learn artifact identification by working with one of the best archaeological collections of colonial material in the country and participate in excavation, recording and analysis at one of the nation’s best preserved 17th century archaeology sites.