​Public Archaeology at JPPM

Every year, 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 month! 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, Fridays and Saturdays in September, beginning on September 3. Fieldwork will take place in the mornings on Fridays, followed by an afternoon in the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab.  Fieldwork will take place all day on Saturdays. In the event of rain, all activities will take place in the lab.

Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. There is no fee.  Please contact Patricia Samford at patricia.samford@maryland.gov for specific dates.  To register click here.​

Please make sure to check out our increasingly digital presence on Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum's Instagram and Facebook pages, as well as the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab Facebook page.  

For more information call 410-586-8501