​Public Archaeology at JPPM

Every summer, volunteers are given the opportunity to see what it is like to be an archaeologist and excavate an actual site, through our Public Archaeology Program. You can help us dig and screen for artifacts in the field or wash objects at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab. Each day offers opportunities for those who want more than just digging.  You can come as often as you want – an hour, a day, the entire season! It’s a fun way for the whole family to learn about the past. Who knows what great discoveries await you?


 How Do I Sign Up?

The program runs from 9 am to 3 pm, Thursdays through Saturdays in May, beginning on May 7. Thursdays will be a full day at the archaeological site, while fieldwork will take place in the mornings on Fridays and Saturdays, followed by an afternoon in the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab.  In the event of rain, all activities will take place in the lab.

Please contact Alice Merkel at alice.merkel@maryland.gov for specific dates and to register for Public Archaeology. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. There is no fee. Funding for the 2020 JPPM Public Archaeology Program was provided by the Maryland Historical Trust Board of Trustees.


Update on Public Archaeology Program - March 31

Given current federal and state guidelines on the Covoid-19 global pandemic, JPPM has had to reassess all park and MAC Lab public programming including lab tours, educational programs, workshops, outreach events, and special events. All such programs have been either cancelled or postponed through May 2nd, one week prior to the launch of the Public Archaeology program.    

This situation is incredibly fluid, with federal and state guidelines changing regularly. With this in mind, be advised that while Public Archaeology is still scheduled to launch on the 7th, changes in federal or state policy between now and then may result in the cancellation of this program. While we are very excited to continue this program as we have for the last several years, we need to prepare ourselves and our participants for the reality that the program may be cancelled. 

Please know that we will continue with this program if it is realistic and, most importantly, safe for all of our participants and staff.