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Environment & Society

Archaeology Lab

Our vision is a Chesapeake Bay and watershed that is healthy and thriving; one in which natural systems and human communities are in balance. Interdisciplinary academic programs promote the integration of environmental issues, social values, and good old river mud.

Located in the Custom House along the Chester River, the Public Archaeology Lab provides space for students and community volunteers to research historic materials and process artifacts recovered from the Eastern Shore region. Interpretive displays and collections are placed throughout the laboratory. The College maintains a growing database of the region’s historical resources in its GIS Lab (located on the main campus), which supports analysis of spatial data for archaeology and environmental studies.

Summer Field School 

The Summer Field School in Archaeology takes students into the field and onto the water, giving them first-hand experience in a fully-equipped laboratory and all phases of project research. Recent projects include archaeological surveys of farmland along the Sassafras River, excavations at Poplar Grove and the Charles Sumner Post Grand Army of the Republic Lodge, and the development of an archaeological predictive model for Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Talbot and Cecil Counties.

For information on the Summer Field School or tours of the Public Archaeology Lab, contact Elizabeth Seidel, director, at 410-810-7164. Seidel notes: “It’s not what we find; it’s what we find out” that deepens our understanding of environmental history and the past, present and future relationships between people and their surroundings.