PAST EVENT / July 10, 2016: Archeology

Our next ‘Nature Connection’ features clues as to the long-ago life of a special animal — Homo sapiens – i.e. “man, human being”. This “Archeology” program will feature a large variety of artifacts and inscriptions; and subject matter experts will discuss with us what these findings tell us about how earlier people lived here in our local region. Our featured presentations will highlight the petroglyphs found on massive rocks in the Susquehanna River, and the artifacts from a colonial estate being uncovered in a “dig” at Herring Run Park in Baltimore City; while members of the The Central Chapter of the Archeological Society of Maryland, Inc. will display artifacts collected during a variety of site investigations.

1:15 / Charles Hall, archeologist/ The Strange Case of the Bald Friar Petroglyphs


Photo Source: Maryland by the Object

In his masterful recent publication on the Susquehanna’s Rock Art Legacy, Paul Nevin makes a powerful case for the significance of place in understanding the meaning of the river’s petroglyphs.  The study of the Bald Friar petroglyphs has a rich history that has been complicated by nearly 90 years of place-shifting;  the Bald Friar petroglyphs today have no fixed location on the landscape.  A consideration of the location-challenged Bald Friar petroglyphs is offered that includes a description of their character, an analysis of their original place, their subsequent movement, and plans for their future. See below for Charles’ biography.

2:30 / Jason Shellenhamer and Lisa Kraus, archeologists / Herring Run Project


Image Source: Herring Run Archaeology Project

Jason and Lisa have conducted two field sessions at the site of the Eutaw Manor in Herring Run Park. Eutaw Manor was the late 18th-century retreat of William Smith. Smith’s country estate spanned all of present-day Herring Run Park between Belair and Harford Roads as well as portions of Lake Montebello. The archeology work was opened to volunteers, giving many more people the experience of digging for artifacts and cataloging them. Jason and Lisa will discuss their “public digs”, show artifacts from the estate, and explain the history of the site. See below for Lisa’s and Jason’s biographies.

Ongoing from 1:00-4:00pm:

  • Members of the The Central Chapter of the Archeological Society of Maryland, Inc. will have a variety of artifacts on display and will be available to discuss with you how it was used, its historical significance, and where and how it was found.
  • Our dedicated “arts & crafts” area returns for this program with “archeology dig” – themed activities for children and their adults:
    • design your own time capsule
    • “excavate” a chocolate chip cookie
    • write a note in hieroglyphics
    • sketch your own rock art
  • View a large variety of natural history specimens from our collections, on display in our main room, during our ‘Nature Connections’ program. Our volunteer scientists and naturalists will be on hand to answer your questions about Maryland nature.