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Largely under researched, recent archaeological excavations in West Baltimore have documented an intact material record spanning over 250 years. Adam Fracchia, Assistant Research Professor from the University of Maryland will share recent discoveries made through a combination of salvage and research excavations in which they have been able to explore and compare the lives of different Baltimoreans. By studying the material and spatial record of industry, wealthy estates, and alley rowhouses, we can better understand their lives and the history of Baltimore City and Maryland in general.

Adam Fracchia earned a doctorate degree in anthropology from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2014 researching the patterns and effects of industrialization and urbanization during the mid-nineteenth to twentieth centuries in Baltimore County, Maryland. Adam is also an Adjunct Professor in Anthropology at the University of Delaware where he teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate-level classes in anthropology and archaeology that are cross-listed in history and material culture studies. Other recent work experience has included working as an archaeologist with the National Park Service (NPS) and the Maryland State Highway Administration, helping to oversee the management and mitigation of cultural resources and collections management.

Natural History Society of Maryland’s Archaeology Club promotes the value of archaeology in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and surrounding areas. The goal of the Archaeology Club is to educate citizenry in the ethics, methods, and artifact preservation methods of archaeology and how archaeology can be used to document, discover, and promote local history. The Archaeology Club is inclusive to all persons who have an interest in archaeology. If you are an archaeology enthusiast, please consider joining us. You must be a member of NHSM to join any of its clubs. Follow this link to learn more:

The Natural History Society of Maryland is a volunteer-led non-profit organization, so the fee you pay will go directly to support the programs, the nature collections, and the building that make this kind of nature education possible.