Archaeology Spotlight

 Archaeology Lab, Kent Hall 320

Students can choose to focus their studies on archaeology. We provide many opportunities inside and outside the classroom for students to engage in archaeology.


Faculty and Student Spotlight

Underwater Archaeology

Our faculty and students are involved in a number of professional organizations and research projects.


Heritage and Public Engagement Class at Maryland Archaeology Day

On April 19 the Heritage and Public Engagement class participated in Maryland Archaeology Day at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum.  Their traveling exhibit on Archaeology and colonial Life at Cremona Estate including artifact displays and interactive activities designed from local grammar school students.


Archaeology at SMCM

Mid-Atlantic Conference Presentations

Alumna Mary Kate Mansius presents her paper, "Lithics Revisited: An Analysis of Native American Stone Tool Technology During Pre-Contact and Contact Periods,"

Senior Ginger Williams presents her paper, "An Archaeological Study of the Role of Music in the Early Modern Chesapeake,"

Senior Kaiolani Siregar presents her paper, "XRF Elemental Analysis of Archaeological Morgan Jones Ceramics in the Chesapeake Region,"  Kaiolani's paper won the Undergraduate Student Paper Prize.

Senior Maddie Roth presents her paper, "Identifying the Dutch Presence in Seventeenth Century Maryland,"

NEH Project Assistant Project Archaeologist Esther Rimer presents her paper, "From Postholes and A Cellar to the Potomac Frontier: Colonel Addison's Plantation Revisited,"



Long Looked for Come at Last Cemetary Survey

Students from the Spring 2014 ANTH 385 Research Methods are working on a class project at 'Long Looked For Come At Last' in Charlotte Hall at the invitation of the property owners. Under the direction of Dr. Steve Lenik, students have recorded a cemetery containing more than 75 burials which are marked by headstones, footstones, and shallow depressions. Since there is no identifying information about the people interred there, the students have conducted archival research about the history of 'Long Looked For Come At Last', and they also completed archaeological excavations in areas near the cemetery in an effort to establish dates of occupation of the site.  Results of this research will be presented at the end of the semester in May.


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Mid-Year SMP Presentations Start Friday December 6!

Interested in completing an SMP in your senior year?  Come see what our department seniors have been working on learn about the process.  Presentations will be Friday, Dec 6 (2:40-3:40); Monday, Dec 9 (4:40-5:40); Wednesday, Dec 11 (4:40-5:40); Friday, Dec 13 (2:40-3:20) in Kent Hall 120.


Changes to the Major!

In the Fall of 2013 we will be offering new courses and have made changes to major requirements.  Please review these and meet with a member of the faculty if you have any questions.


New Lab!

Prof. Julie King is currently completing her NEH project in the Department's new lab space in Animal House.  If you would like more information on the project or want to see the new space contact Prof. King.


Southwest Study Tour

Follow our joint Anthropology/Museum Studies Study tour through the American Southwest at


Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab New Blog!

Learn about Maryland History by the Object, a new initiative from our partners at the Jefferson Patterson Museum and Park:


Congratulations to all our 2013 Award Winners!

Department Award in Anthropology - established in 1983 to recognize outstanding scholarship in the discipline.

Mary Katherine Mansius

Geneva Boone Award for Outstanding St. Mary's Projects - established in 1993 by Trustee Emerita Geneva Boone, who was instrumental in forming the St. Mary's College of Maryland Foundation, to recognize students with outstanding St. Mary's Projects.  

Aryel Rigano

Board of Trustees Award - established in 1987 by the Board of Trustees for distinguished contributions to the College.  

Leslie Walker, Jr.

Garry Wheeler Stone Award - given by Historic St. Mary's City to honor a graduating senior who has made distinctive contributions to archaeology research for Historic St. Mary's City.  

Carly Harmon

The Society of the Ark and the Dove Centennial Scholarship - established in 2010 by the Society of the Ark and the Dove to benefit students who major/minor in history, anthropology, archaeology, or museum studies; who demonstrate promise in the study of colonial, Chesapeake, or Maryland history or in the field of historical research; and who pursue interests, or work and/or study experiences, that are directly related to the mission and purpose of Historic St. Mary's City.  

Aryel Rigano (shared award)


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New Exhibit in Kent Hall!

Jessica Shroeder (alum) developed an exhibit in Kent Hall (third floor) as part of her Museum Studies minor entitled "From Moyaone to St. Mary's City."