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Archaeology is history ... from the ground up!

M-NCPPC Montgomery Park's Archaeology Program identifies, manages, and interprets archaeological sites on parkland and provides opportunities to consider the effects of land use decisions on cultural resources. Excavations contribute to public education programs, restorations, park development plans and mitigation of construction projects. The program provides for the stewardship of non-renewable archaeological resources and an opportunity for public participation in discovering our human past right in your back yard.

Since 1984, high school students have broadened their curriculum through our award-winning volunteer program. The Department of Parks provides projects in fieldwork and laboratory analysis and a fieldschool experience through our camps. Adults can also join in the fun through a cooperative venture with the Archaeology Society of Maryland Mid-Potomac Chapter.

Time Team America at Josiah Henson Park!

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"The Search For Josiah Henson" - New PBS Documentary

The Josiah Henson Park archaeological site was one of four American sites selected by Time Team America for inclusion in their second season. Time Team America brought their high-tech equipment to help us learn more about a very special man in American history, the Reverend Josiah Henson. Henson was a former slave whose autobiography inspired the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin."The Search for Josiah Henson", is an over-the-archaeologists'-shoulder view of discoveries made at our very own Josiah Henson Park! Click here to watch the Time Team America episode, "The Search for Josiah Henson." (54:36)

MEDIA NOTICE: MontgomeryParks.org, July 10, 2014 - Montgomery Parks Josiah Henson Park Will Be Profiled on National Broadcast of PBS Series Time Team America on August 19; Program Uncovers New Evidence Related to the Site’s History

ONLINE BLOG: Indiewire.com, August 18, 2014 - PBS Goes on Archaeological Dig for Josiah Henson - Escaped Slave Who Inspired 'Uncle Tom’s Cabin' (Watch)
ONLINE ARTICLE: Bethesdanow.com, July 10, 2014 - PBS To Premiere Show On Eventful Dig At Josiah Henson ParkExaming a sample
ONLINE ARTICLE: Bethesdanow.com, February 10, 2014 - A Historic Gem In Bethesda’s Backyard
ONLINE ARTICLE: Bethesdanow.com, February 5, 2014 - Officials Unveil Designs For Josiah Henson Museum In North Bethesda
ONLINE ARTICLE: Baltimoresun.com, August 13, 2012 - Structure found in Md. may be linked to man who inspired 'Uncle Tom's Cabin'

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Archaeology Camps

What do archaeologists really do?
Programs dates for the 2015 Summer Camps are coming soon!

Find out what it takes to be an archaeologist! Investigate Montgomery County’s history from the ground up with archeologists from M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks. We host both spring break and summer camps. Archaeology camps are approved for SSL hours and fulfill most requirements for a Boy Scout Archaeology Merit Badge.

An Archaeology volunteer on a digVolunteers

Volunteers are one of our best assets! Montgomery Parks encourages the involvement and participation of individuals in its program and at its facilities. Contact Us .

  • Where: Activities are based out of Needwood Mansion, 6700 Needwood Road, Derwood, MD
    Depending on the weather and the work requirements, we will either be in the lab or in the field.
  • Time: Wednesdays mornings from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Metal Detecting in Parks

The M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks Rules and Regulations on metal detecting and digging on park property is outlined in CHAPTER V: Regulation of General Conduct and Personal Behavior (Code of Conduct) under Section 19. Metal Detectors, Digging: Using metal detectors and/or digging into the surface of Park Property is prohibited except by permit.

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Last Update: December 4, 2014