Discover you inner Indiana Jones at “Discovering Archaeology Day (DAD)” at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM), April 22, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Each April, archaeological organizations throughout Maryland present archaeological programs for people of all ages. DAD highlights the thrill of discovery and the excitement of exploration through hands-on activities, exhibits, displays and tours.
Among the activities planned are “archaeology site-in-a-can” and “tinsmithing” at the table hosted by the Montgomery Parks and Archeological Society of Maryland (ASM) Mid-Potomac Chapter. Learn all about flintknapping from Howard County Recreation and Parks. At the Calvert County Planning/Historic District Commission table, there will be archaeological interpretation activities and a cataloging exercise. There will also be exhibits from Historic St. Mary’s City, ASM Central Chapter, Prince George’s Recreation and Parks Archaeology Program and the Huntingtown High School Archaeology Club.
The JPPM Education department will offer several arts and crafts activities including pottery mending and archaeology twister. Get your hands dirty while making your own discovery at the mini simulated archaeological dig inside the park pavilion. Children attending the event will receive a “scavenger hunt card.” When they have filled it in with enough stamps from exhibitors, they will earn a special prize.
Visit the artifact i.d. table where museum staff and other experts will be available to identify your artifacts and anything else you may have questions about. If you don’t have anything to identify, be sure to stop in anyway to see interesting artifacts and archaeological tools.
Enjoy guided tours of the Maryland Archaeological
Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab). The tours will run every hour starting at noon with the last tour at 3:00 pm. The MAC Lab serves as a clearinghouse for archaeological collections recovered from land-based and underwater projects conducted by State and Federal agencies throughout Maryland. The MAC Lab also houses several major collections acquired through private donation to the Maryland Historical Trust. These collections are available for research, education, and exhibit purposes to students, scholars, museum curators, and educators.
Catch a wagon ride to Smith St. Leonard, an 18th century plantation archaeological site. Talk with archaeologists, watch them work, and maybe get your hands a little dirty helping! For those who want to get directly involved in archaeology, information will available about our Public Archaeology Program.The free program runs from May 9th through July 1st.
This is a free family educational event. You may bring a picnic lunch or purchase refreshments from event vendor Caney Creek Catering. For more information about this and other park events call, 410-586-8501, visit www.jefpat.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, a state museum of archaeology and home to the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, is a program of the Maryland Historical Trust, a division of the Maryland Department of Planning. It is located on 560 scenic acres along the Patuxent River and the St. Leonard Creek in St. Leonard, Maryland.