2021 Historic Archaeology Field School in the St. Mary's College of Maryland Field School
Saint Marys City MD United States
Phone+1 240.895.4960
Email archaeology@digshistory.org
General Description / Special Programs

Historic St. Mary's City (HSMC) is a state-supported, outdoor museum located at the site of Maryland’s first capital (1634–1694). The HSMC Field School in Historical Archaeology is the longest-running historical archaeology field school in the United States. Participants engage in an intensive, ten-week program that teaches the foundational principles of historical archaeology through hands-on excavation, laboratory work, and artifact analysis. Students learn artifact identification by working with one of the best archaeological collections of colonial and post-colonial material in the country.

Throughout the program, students attend lectures from leading Chesapeake scholars and take field trips to area archaeological sites. Students also receive the rare opportunity to learn about 17th-century sailing firsthand aboard Maryland Dove, a replica of a 17th-century square-rigged tobacco ship.

The Historical Archaeology Field School is an ideal experience for undergraduate or graduate students concentrating in Anthropology, Archaeology, History, Museum Studies, or American Studies, or for any student with an interest in learning about the past through archaeology.

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Founded1970
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