On April 16th, from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM, Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum (JPPM) will kick-off its 2016 public season with the eighth annual Discovering Archaeology Day.
Archaeological organizations from across Maryland will be on site with displays, exhibits, artifacts and hands-on activities for all ages. Bring in artifacts you have found and have them identified by archaeologists. Free guided tours of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab) are scheduled for 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. Speak with conservators about recent projects and view some of the MAC Lab’s vast artifact collection. Visit the 18th century Smith’s St. Leonard plantation site to hear JPPM staff archaeologists present recent discoveries and interpretations. Plan to stop by JPPM’s Visitor Center and explore the FAQ Archaeology exhibit, an interactive experience focused on the “where, what and how” questions most frequently asked of archaeologists.
Participants in this year’s event includes: Stantec, Charles County Archaeological Society of Maryland, Inc, Howard County Recreation and Parks, Veterans Curation Program, Historic St. Mary’s City, US Naval Academy, Department of History M-NCPPC, Archaeology Program – Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation.
April is Maryland Archeology Month. Come celebrate and get your hands dirty with us!
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, Calvert County, Maryland.