Hampden Heritage

Archaeology, History, and Heritage in Central Baltimore

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Public Dig Day this weekend!

As promised, here is the info on our Public Dig Days this summer. The first one will be held this Saturday from 10-2. (The text below is from the press release that we are sending out to various media outlets.)

The Hampden Community Archaeology Project, in conjunction with the Hampden Community Council and the Center for Heritage Resource Studies of the University of Maryland, is pleased to announce its third season of archaeological excavations in Hampden. Co-directors David Gadsby and Bob Chidester are again directing a team of high school archaeologists funded by the Baltimore Youthworks Program and the Hampden Community Council in the excavation of an archaeological site in the 3800 block of Falls Road, between Sirkis Hardware and McCabe’s Tavern.

Public Dig Days will be held on July 14th and July 28th, from 9 AM to 2 PM. During these events, we welcome members of the Hampden and larger Baltimore communities to visit the site, learn about the process of archaeology and about Hampden’s past, and even take part in the excavations themselves.

Archaeological fieldwork began on June 25th and will continue through August 3rd. Members of the public are invited to visit the excavations at any time that we are in the field (Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM) to learn about archaeology—and why we are doing archaeology in Hampden, —ask questions, and share information about local history. Additionally, we welcome volunteers to help us with field and lab work.

After the successful excavation of five sites over the past two summers, we are looking forward to another productive round of digging this year. You can get regular updates on our progress from our website, located at http://www.heritage.umd.edu/CHRSWeb/AssociatedProjects/Hampden.htm, and our weblog, at http://hampdenheritage.blogspot.com.

The Hampden Community Archaeology Project is sponsored by the Hampden Community Council and the Center for Heritage Resource Studies at the University of Maryland-College Park. Additional funding for 2007 has been provided by the Sociological Initiatives Foundation, the firm of Struever Brothers, Eccles and Rouse, and the Rackham Graduate School of the University of Michigan.


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