Anne Arundel County's Lost Towns Project

The Lost Towns Project, Inc. is a non-profit archeological research and public education program sponsored by Anne Arundel County and members of the public. Lost Towns welcomes the public to participate in excavations and in laboratory work. No previous experience is required! Lost Towns excavates year-round at various sites and their lab is open Monday – Friday. In order to volunteer or learn more, write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or visit www.losttownsproject.org.

Historic London Town & Gardens
839 Londontown Road
Edgewater, MD 21037


Archaeology in Annapolis
Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland College Park

Archaeology in Annapolis is a research project that has explored the heritage of Maryland’s capital since 1981. Opportunities to participate are available throughout the year, and fieldwork will be conducted from late May to early July during a field school offered by the Anthropology Department. The field school is offered as a class for undergraduate or graduate credit, or a workshop for non-students. For more information about the field school or Archaeology in Annapolis, visit www.aia.umd.edu/field.html, or call (301) 405-1423.


Historic St. Mary’s City: A Museum of History and Archaeology

Historic St. Mary's City (HSMC) is the site of the fourth permanent English settlement in North America, Maryland's first capital, and the birthplace of religious toleration in America. The archeology department at HSMC, with St. Mary's College of Maryland, offers an annual Field School, which generally takes place in June and July. While in the field, staff and students offer tours of the excavations. On Tidewater Archaeology Weekend (the last weekend in July), the public can discover what it’s like to be an archeologist and take a special tour of the archeological laboratory. The living history museum at HSMC also offers numerous other volunteer opportunities. Contact HSMC at 1-800-SMC-1634, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. For a list of events visit www.hsmcdigshistory.org.

Historic St. Mary's City
P.O. Box 39
St. Mary's City, MD 20686


Maryland Historical Trust - Office of Archeology
Research and Survey Program - Volunteer Opportunities

The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) is Maryland's State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and the state agency dedicated to preserving and interpreting Maryland's rich history and cultural heritage. MHT's Office of Archeology is committed to involving the public in archeology. The Maryland Maritime Archeology Program provides opportunities for volunteers in field activities on a seasonal basis. Participants need not be divers. Terrestrial archeological programs include an annual Field Session co-hosted with the Archeological Society of Maryland. This eleven-day field investigation combines education with research, and provides unparalleled professional-avocational interaction. MHT also has an ongoing program of remote sensing on public lands and in state waters. Additional field projects occur throughout the year. An Open Lab is held on most Tuesdays during the year, teaching proper archeological lab techniques. Presentations, displays, publications, and internships are also offered. To learn more contact State Terrestrial Archeologist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or State Underwater Archeologist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit https://mht.maryland.gov/archeology_programs.shtml.

Maryland Historical Trust
100 Community Place
Crownsville, MD 21032


Maryland Historical Trust - Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
Public Archaeology Program

Every summer, volunteers with Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum's Public Archaeology Program are given the opportunity to see what it is like to be an archaeologist and excavate an actual site. Volunteers can help dig and screen for artifacts in the field or wash objects at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab. Volunteers can come as often as they want or are able – an hour, a day, or the entire field season! It’s a fun way for the whole family to learn about the past. For more information visit jefpat.maryland.gov.

The Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
10515 Mackall Road
St. Leonard, MD 20685


M-NCPPC Montgomery County Archaeology Program
Montgomery Parks Department, Park Planning and Stewardship Division

Join the Montgomery County Park Planning and Stewardship -  Archaeology Program in uncovering the county’s past through the investigation of prehistoric Indian sites, Civil War encampments, slave dwellings and post-reconstruction sites. Volunteers can participate in labwork and public outreach programs on Mondays and Wednesdays throughout the year, and fieldwork during the summer. For more information visit www.montgomerypark.org.

M-NCPPC Park Planning and Stewardship - Archaeology
6700 Needwood Mansion
Derwood, MD 20855


M-NCPPC Prince George's County Archaeology Program
Prince George’s County, Natural and Historical Resources Division

Prince George's County's Public Archaeology programs are offered at the Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park, located on the Patuxent River east of Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Volunteers are welcome from April through October. For more information call the archaeology program office at 301-627-1286 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

M-NCPPC Natural and Historical Resources Division - Archaeology
8204 McClure Road
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772


Washington College
Public Archaeology Laboratory Volunteer Opportunities

The Washington College Public Archaeology Laboratory is located in one of Chestertown’s most important historic buildings, the ca. 1745 Custom House. The Public Archaeology Lab is open to the public and is  space where students and volunteers can help process artifact collections from the region. Displays and interpretive signs are found throughout the laboratory. Washington College also invites the public to participate in some of its fieldwork activities. Volunteers can learn basic field methods—including excavation, screening, mapping, and record and note keeping. No prior archeological experience is necessary. Volunteers under the age of 15 need to be accompanied by an adult. To make arrangements for volunteering or for a tour contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Lab Director, at 410-810-7164.

Washington College - Public Archaeology Laboratory
101 S. Water Street
Chestertown, MD 21620