Western Maryland Chapter - ASM


   Welcome to the Western Maryland Chapter

                                    of the Archeological Society of MD, Inc.




Friday, March 27, 2015

LaVale Library, 7:30 PM

Choptico Indian Town

by Suzanne Trussell

            The resource rich Choptico Bay on the Wicocomico River in St. Mary’s County was occupied by Native Americans from the Early Archaic into the early Colonial period. The 17th century was a time of intense conflict between the English and warring native tribes. In 1651 Lord Proprietor, Cecil Calvert established Choptico Manor as a reserve for the Choptico Indians,  a tributary tribe of the Piscataway Indian Nation.

            Project Archaeologist, Suzanne Trussell will present the results of intensive shovel testing, distribution maps of artifacts and initial interpretations of the site investigation sponsored by St. Mary’s College during 2014.

 Weather Cancellations:
          Meeting cancellations will be announced on WCBC 1270 AM, by e-mail or you may call
Roy Brown at 301-724-7769 when in doubt. 

News and Notes:
  • Membership Dues for 2015 are now due:

January is the beginning of each Membership year.
Dues: $12-Individuals/Whole Family, $5-Individual Students
Make checks payable to WMDASM.
Memberships may be mailed to the Secretary,
Darlene Frederick
HC 75 Box 67B
New Creek, WV 26743
(Please include EMAIL, so that we may send your newsletter electronically

rather than postal mail, to reduce postage cost.)

For more information about the Chapter or our Events, contact
Darlene Frederick, our Chapter Secretary, by clicking on her picture ....
....screening soil at the Barton Village site(below)


The Western Maryland Chapter of the Archeological Society of Maryland was established to educate and encourage amateur archeologists by conducting field sessions, weekend digs and hosting guest speakers on a wide range of archeological topics. Projects such as the excavation of the Late Woodland sites in Cresaptown and Barton's in Allegany County and Sang Run in Garrett County have created a growing interest in our local cultural resources.