Western Maryland Chapter - ASM


   Welcome to the Western Maryland Chapter

                                    of the Archeological Society of MD, Inc.




Special Event: Rocky Gap Wigwam Project- Saturday April 11

    Rocky Gap State Park will initiate its Wigwam Weekend Program April 11 with an 
opening ceremony featuring a Native American smudge blessing at 2:00PM
in the Youth Camping Area.
    Assisted by the Western Maryland Chapter of ASM, the Park is constructing an Eastern
 Woodland wigwam. This structure will serve as the focal point of youth oriented weekend programs
on Native American lifeways throughout the Summer. 
                                Come out and support this unique project.


Our Next Program:

Friday, April 24, 2015
LaVale Library, 7:30 PM

Overwhelmed by the Sea
          by Lynne Bulhack

        Along the beach, on the Bay side of a narrow peninsula that is 
Point Lookout State Park in St. Mary’s County,  3,322 prehistoric
ceramic sherds were recovered over a four year period. An analysis
of the collected material, the majority of which were shell tempered 
Mockley ware, indicated that a significant Middle Woodland occupation
had existed just off shore.
        Extensive surface examination of the pottery sherds showed that various
cordage and fabric impressions were applied during the manufacture of
the vessels. Carbonized residue taken from the sherds was radiocarbon dated
at 155 BC to AD 60, these are the earliest dates for Mockley ware in Maryland.

            Join us for an interesting and informative presentation and bring a friend.


 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.