Kirsti Uunila, Historic Preservation Planner for Calvert County, received a proclamation on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from the Calvert Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) for the month of April to be known as “Archaeology Month” in Calvert County.
Calvert County has a rich, diverse archaeological heritage spanning 12,000 years of human habitation. Archaeological sites and artifacts are non-renewable cultural resources worthy of protection and conservation. Many dedicated, professional archaeologists and individuals give generously of their talents and their time to protect, study and interpret the remains for the benefit of all Calvert County citizens.
The Calvert Historic District Commission, the Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, the Maryland Historical Trust, the State Highway Administration and volunteers have combined forces to enhance public awareness of archaeology in the County. Maryland has announced the theme for April as “Points in Time”, to educate citizens about the history of stone tools, used by the first residents of the land.
Maryland’s theme for this month is “Historic St. Mary’s City: Fifty Years of Discovering and Sharing Our Past” to educate citizens about Maryland’s colonial past.
The Calvert Board of County Commissioners was pleased to join in celebrating April as a special month to promote the conservation of archaeological resources and as a time to reflect on the unique legacy of Calvert County.
Historic St Mary’s City will offer a lecture on April 21 at 7 pm with Silas Hurry. A Brief History of Historical Archaeology in Maryland’s First Capital. For the better part of fifty years, Historic St. Mary’s City has been exploring the archaeological treasures of Maryland’s founding site and first capital. However, for many years before the state established the museum, an intriguing cast of individuals had undertaken “archaeological” excavations in St. Mary’s City.
On April 16, 2016 Jefferson Patterson Park will host Discovering Archaeology Day from 10 am -5 pm. Free Admission All Ages. Tour the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab) at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Visit the current site of ongoing excavations of an 18th Century plantation site. Explore JPPM’s FAQ Archaeology and War of 1812 exhibits. Meet Archaeologists from around the region. Enjoy exhibits and displays from archaeologists and agencies throughout Maryland. Stop by the Indian Village for activities and demonstrations. Learn about archaeology careers, complete hands on activities, have your personal artifacts identified and discover JPPM! For more information, please visit: www.jefpat.org