EVENTS for Maryland Archaeology Month April 2022
Maryland Archeology Month - April 2022
The Future of Studying the Past: Innovative Technologies in Maryland Archeology
Archeological sites are non-renewable resources formed by the activities of people in the past. Physical excavation of sites is an important method for learning about the past, however excavating is an inherently destructive endeavor. Advances in technology have transformed how archeologists study the past by providing opportunities for minimally invasive excavations. This year Maryland Archeology Month highlights several great applications of innovative technologies. These advances have led to improvements in radiometric dating techniques allow precise dating of archeological sites, and advances in X-ray fluorescence and X-ray diffraction permit archeologists to characterize the geochemistry of artifacts. Also, residue analysis techniques facilitate the identification of preserved animal proteins and plant lipids on artifacts used to prepare food. Additionally, Digital X-Radiography enables archeologists to penetrate metallic concretions to reveal important characteristics of artifacts. The ability for archeologists to create 3D modeling allows for a new way to record and study artifacts and sites.
Join us in exploring these various technologies and learn how they can help inform us about our past! This year's booklet is available to download, Maryland Archeology Month 2022 Booklet. You can also read the articles published online under our 2022 Articles page! This year's poster is available here.
In addition to the online or in-person events listed below, the Maryland Historical Trust is providing an interview series with several authors who produced articles for the 2022 Maryland Archeology Month booklet. In addition to the interview released last week with the Smithsonian Institution's Dr. Torben Rick, you'll find interviews with the MAC Lab's Nichole Doub and Scott Strickland, as well as M-NCPPC archaeologist Dr. Brian Crane and M-NCPPC Historic Preservation Specialist Kacy Rohn. You can view all of the videos on MHT's YouTube channel and at the playlist below. Click here to access the YouTube Channel!