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Dig into history in JPPM’s Public Archaeology Program

Get your kids digging in the dirt and learning about history and archaeology at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum’s Public Archaeology Program.

The program runs May 5 to June 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum in St. Leonard. All ages are welcome, but children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Program participants will work on a site that was the home of the Smith family from 1711 to 1754. They had a large brick house and numerous outbuildings, including a horse stable and a storehouse. This year’s excavations will focus on remains that were discovered with a ground-penetrating radar, including a laundry and houses for enslaved Africans. Artifacts are abundant on this site, so every bucket of soil screened will contain interesting objects!JPPMPublic Archaeology 9W

Site excavation will be on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, weather permitting. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, program participants will work in the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, cleaning the artifacts found.

Participants can come as often as they like. To register, contact Ed Chaney at 410-586-8554 or ed.chaney@maryland.gov.

The program is free. For more information, go to the Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum website.

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