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Unearth Lost Towns with Archaeologists

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 6 reviews.Lothian, United States

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Experience hosted by Lost Towns

2.5 hours
Includes tickets, equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

In a wooded area of the 1,700-acre Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, we’ll get our hands dirty at a unique excavation site, rediscovering a centuries-old Native American village with the Lost Towns Project. My crew and I will begin the workshop with a tour of Pindell Bluffs, showcasing the artifacts we've already discovered. We’ll also demonstrate common techniques used in archaeology fieldwork. Then you'll get to work, sifting and processing artifacts. Recently at this site, helpers and archeologists have found 8,000-year-old projectile points, ceramics, and ritualistically "killed" gorgets—purposefully broken pendants buried symbolically. These findings are among the most important discoveries in the Mid-Atlantic region, helping us better understand Native American populations who lived here thousands of years ago.
In a wooded area of the 1,700-acre Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, we’ll get our hands dirty at a unique excavation site, rediscovering a centuries-old Native American village with the Lost Towns Project. My crew and I will begin the workshop with a tour of Pindell Bluffs, showcasing the artifacts we've already discovered. We’ll also demonstrate common techniques used in archaeology fieldwork. Then you'll get to work, sifting and processing artifacts…

What's included

  • Tickets
  • Equipment
    Archaeology tools and equipment.
From £41
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Lost Towns

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 6 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Hi. I’m Dr. Zac, a member of the Atlas Obscura community.

I am an expert in prehistoric cultures of the Eastern seaboard, specializing in lithic studies (stone tools!) and Paleo Indian research. I’ve led investigations at dozens of archaeological sites along Maryland's Patuxent River. I am also a member of the Lost Towns Project, a non-profit with a mission to bring the public on archaeological adventures with real archaeologists to discover, explore, and help preserve historic sites throughout the Mid-Atlantic. The Lost Towns team brings together professionals, volunteers, and students to study real sites, from Native American villages to 17th-century colonial towns. Our research and findings are often published in professional journals.
Hi. I’m Dr. Zac, a member of the Atlas Obscura community.

I am an expert in prehistoric cultures of the Eastern seaboard, specializing in lithic studies (stone tools!) and Paleo Indian research. I’ve led investigations at dozens of archaeological sites along Maryland's Patuxent River. I am also a member of the Lost Towns Project, a non-profit with a mission to bring the public on archaeological adventures with real archaeologists to discover, explore, and help preserve historic sites…
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This experience is offered directly by a member of the Atlas Obscura community and has been selected by Atlas Obscura.


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Where you'll be

The 1,700-acre Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary is a public park rich in stone tools, projectile points, animal bones, and other prehistoric objects. Recent discoveries include one of the oldest artifacts found in Maryland: a 13,000-year-old Clovis point. In order to protect the privacy and integrity of the site, the exact location will be sent to attendees a few days prior to the event.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 6 reviews.

Charley
October 2019
Gave me a taste of the archaeological life. Not Indiana Jones-level maybe but quite interesting and a it was a beautiful day in a fantastic location.
Tanya
October 2019
Well curated experience to dip your toes - or rather, hands - into the important work of cataloguing pre-historic and historic artifacts. Through sifting, each team found relevant materials and each individual felt like a part of the effort. Excellent balance of learning and engagement.
Well curated experience to dip your toes - or rather, hands - into the important work of cataloguing pre-historic and historic artifacts. Through sifting, each team found relevant…
Chris
October 2019
I had a great experience. I felt I was really able to participate and learn.
Elizabeth
October 2019
Very interesting and interactive tour. The guides were clearly passionate about their work and sharing that passion with the group.
Carla
October 2019
great experience
Monica
October 2019
Amazing opportunity to get hands-on archeological experience and learn more about the history of Maryland. Would recommend!

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 13 and up can attend.

More tips

This is an outdoor event and highly interactive.
All participants must complete the liability waiver that will be sent, along with additional guidelines, prior to our adventure. For this event, the normal training period has been waived.
Be prepared to lift buckets, kneel, dig, and get dirty!

What to bring

Weather-appropriate clothing

Closed-toed footwear