The Council for Maryland Archeology (CfMA) is launching a year of free webinars called “CfMA Conversations” beginning this month. Join us on April 26, 2022 from 6:00-7:30pm for the first installment, called “Accessible Archaeology at Barwick’s Ordinary” to learn about digital technologies, research sharing, and public education at the site of the upcoming Archeological Society of Maryland (ASM) Field Session. Participants will be treated to a conversation with Washington College professor Dr. Julie Markin and two of her students about their work to locate buried structures and innovative techniques to share these discoveries with people around the world.

To register for the webinar, please click HERE.


Dr. Julie Markin is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Washington College. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and History from the University of Alabama and her doctoral degree in Ecological Anthropology from the University of Georgia. Dr. Markin examines political and economic inequality in the Pre-Columbian United States with a focus on how environmental abundance, settlement location and subsistence production intersect to fuel [or preclude] the rise of socially and politically complex societies. She is currently engaged in developing a clearer picture of the social and economic landscape of the Chesapeake Bay region prior to European arrival, with a particular emphasis on the nebulous Eastern Shore. She is a strong believer in collaboration and public education. Through her work with Digital Scholarship in Museum Partnerships, her students have digitized over 4000 images, recorded more than 15 hours of oral history, and developed virtual reality tours for three Kent County, MD, museums.

Jason Elder is a Crew Chief at Applied Archaeology and History Associates, Inc. His research in Maryland involves the use of drones to map and create 3D models of archaeological sites as a means of augmenting traditional field recording methods. He plans to apply this approach to graduate research on the Paleoindian period to assess how settlement patterns and land use of Late Pleistocene groups shifted in response to climatic changes. He is a 2019 graduate of Washington College, with a BA in Anthropology.

Emma Poole is an Anthropology major at Washington College. She received a grant from Washington College's Phi Beta Kappa chapter to develop digital resources for public archaeology outreach following the summer 2021 excavations at Barwick's Ordinary.