Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Discovering Archaeology Day

On Saturday, Jenn Babiarz and Nichole Sorensen-Mutchie from the Maryland State Highway Administration participated in the second annual Discovering Archaeology Day at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. They showcased artifacts recovered from the Market Master’s House, including a wide range of ceramic types, as well as toys dating from the 19th and 20th century. Several people who stopped by the table said they were from the Bladensburg area and were familiar with the houses where we have been excavating. They were surprised by the early history of the area and were interested in following the Bladensburg Archaeology Project as it continues.

About three hundred people attended this growing event. Tours were given of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation (MAC) lab as well as an active archaeological site at the park. Several people brought in objects for the experts from the MAC lab to identify. Other participants included the National Park Service, University of Maryland and Archaeology Society of Maryland.

Excavations will begin next month at the George Washington House/Indian Queen Tavern. Stay tuned for more information.

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