Archaeological Society of Maryland


Welcome to the Eastern Shore chapter 

of the Archaeological Society of Maryland!


A chapter of the Archaeological Society of Maryland, Inc., ESASM is a non-profit group focused on the archeological heritage of the lower, middle and upper Chesapeake Bay region. We provide educational experiences for the public to learn about archaeology, as well as opportunities for members to investigate and conserve archaeological resources. 


Upcoming 2024 meetings, workshops, field sessions, educational programs, and opportunities to get involved in research and advocacy. 

July 14  Potluck picnic and guided tour of Pemberton Hall with Bill Wilson of Pemberton Hall Foundation

12:00 pm

Meet at the pond at Pemberton Hall, Salisbury

information here

August 18 ESASM Chapter Meeting with speaker Jennifer Barbiarz of Lost Towns TOPIC: How archaeologists work with African American and indigenous descendant communities. 

4:00 pm 

HEC  111 Eastern Shore Higher Education Center @ Chesapeake College, Wye Mills

September 22 ESASM Chapter Meeting with Jim Gibbs of SERC

TOPIC: Cemetery mapping and its impact on African American communities. 

2:00 pm

HEC 110 Eastern Shore Higher Education Center @ Chesapeake College,

Wye Mills

February 23, 2025 ESASM Chapter Meeting with MHT underwater archaeologist Troy Nowak 

TOPIC: Submerged pre-contact sites off Janes Island in Dorchester County

3:00 pm 

location TBD


Help clean, identify, conserve and catalog artifacts from ongoing Eastern Shore research projects. 

June 21 Lab Day in Greensboro

10:00 am–2:00 pm

Clean and identify artifacts from Choptank sites; no experience necessary

114 W. Sunset Ave. Greensboro, MD

To sign up, email


Londontown Lab

Sign up here


ASM has developed an easy-to-use survey tool, called MdFIND that allows property owners, hikers, and "citizen scientists" to record isolated artifacts and responsibly report them to the Maryland Historical Trust, office of Archaeology.


Through ASM's Certified Archaeological Technician (C.A.T.) program, you can get formal and extended training in the techniques and goals of archaeology without having to participate in an academic degree program.  

Certificate candidates must be ASM members and work under the supervision of a mentor. A series of required readings and workshops is coupled with practical experience in archeological research. 

Upcoming workshops to be annnounced soon. Contact Tom with any questions:


Join ESASM to learn about and help promote archaeology and the history and culture of the Eastern Shore. 

The section above will be updated with opportunities to participate in hands-on archaeology on the Eastern Shore. Additional options across the bridge include: 


Eastern Shore ASM

c/o Dr. Julie Markin

300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD