April is Archaeology Month in Maryland. The 2023 theme is, Where Did You Find that Artifact? Context is Crucial in Maryland Archaeology. To celebrate, on April 16 from 1-4PM, the Natural History Society of Maryland is hosting a FREE Archaeo-Fest. The event, open to the public, will feature hands-on displays and activities including but not limited to:

            – Projectile points from the NHSM  archaeological collections.

– Human Evolution with the Towson University Archaeological Club

– Archaeology of the Patapsco River with the Patapsco Heritage Greenway

PANEL DISCUSSION at 2 PM – “Archaeology: Pastime and/or Profession”

Panelists ranging from academic and government archaeologists to avocational archaeologists and private artifact collectors will discuss the variety of ways people engage with the archaeological record and some of the differences and points of overlap between private artifact collecting and professional archaeology.

Moderated by Ethan Bean, an archaeologist with the Army Corps of Engineers, the panel will include:

  • Dr. Katherine Sterner, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Baltimore Community Archaeology Lab, Towson University;
  • Mr. Daniel Dean, Member, Archeological Society of Maryland, Maryland Free-State Treasure Club;
  • Dr. David Gadsby, Archaeologist, National Park Service;
  • Mr. Howdy Knipp, Archaeological Society of Maryland.

The program is free, but for planning purposes, we ask that you RSVP here


For more information on exciting Archaeology Events happening throughout Maryland in April: https://www.marylandarcheologymonth.org/about

ABOUT NATURE CONNECTIONS: Nature Connections is a signature program offered to you by the Natural History Society of Maryland with financial support from Constellation Energy. Programs are held on select Sundays are free* and open to the public (COVID rules in effect – see below). Each Nature Connection focuses on a different natural history topic.

  • Learn from presentations and displays from local experts and organizations • Explore specimens and artifacts from natural history collections • Hear about related citizen science projects • Talk to scientists who can answer your questions and guide your discoveries of the natural world • Enjoy games, art, crafts, stories, music, and drama for all ages

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Founded in 1929, the Natural History Society of Maryland (NHSM) is an inclusive hub for scientific research and discovery, a proving ground for the next generation of naturalists, and a playground for all who are driven by curiosity We have a small museum that houses our collections that tell the 4 billion year history of Maryland, in Overlea, Maryland on the Baltimore County/City border.

While the history of the Society may stretch back many decades, its rebirth in Overlea is very recent, and its future is very bright indeed. The Natural History Society of Maryland (NHSM) has developed a suite of programs for young and old and for those whose passion is nature and who are passionate about nature. There is something for everyone at NHSM – workshops, speaker series, field trips, festivals, classes, and demonstrations. And for those who have a very specific interest, NHSM is home to four clubs that meet monthly: The Lepidoptera Club (moths and butterflies), The Herp Club (amphibians and reptiles), The Fossil Club, and The Archaeology Club. You can learn more about us and what we do at www.marylandnature.org. We are also on Facebook and Instagram.