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Archaeology Program


Archaeology is history ... from the ground up!

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.


Time Team America at Josiah Henson Park!

Time Team America banner"The Search For Josiah Henson" - PBS Documentary
The Josiah Henson Park archaeological site was one of four American sites selected in 2012 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."

Visit the Time Team America website to learn more about "The Search for Josiah Henson." Explore the over-the-archaeologists'-shoulder view of discoveries made at our very own Josiah Henson Park in the documentary, "The Search for Josiah Henson." Please follow the schedule of special events for the Henson Park to find out dates when the documentary will also be shown on site.

Events & Camps


Family Archaeology Day

Saturday, May 7 | 10 am – 3 pm | $10 per person | $20 family at the event
Needwood Mansion opens its doors to the public for a day of investigating archaeology. Visitors are invited to see and experience what archaeologists do. Watch archaeologists at work on the Needwood Excavation and try your hand at a simulated excavation, while the younger set digs in mock excavation pits. Bring a bag lunch and stay for the day!

Join the costumed interpreters in a tour of the 1854 "Sunnyside" house. Visit the Civil War Surgeon Dr. Stonestreet and soldiers encamped in the yard. An introduction to archaeology for all ages, Family Archaeology Day features:

  • 19th century Slave Quarters Dig Exhibit
  • Mansion Tours
  • Simulated Archaeology Dig for Children
  • Storytelling, Old-time games, and Crafts

BROUGHT TO YOU BY: M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks and The Archaeology Society of Maryland, Mid-Potomac Chapter

Summer Camps, Aftercare & Leadership Training

What do archaeologists really do?

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 Summer Camps, Extended Care sessions and Leadership Workshops. Archaeology camps are approved for SSL hours and fulfill most requirements for a Boy Scout Archaeology Merit Badge.

Archaeology Leader Training Workshop

Needwood Mansion 6700 Needwood Road, Derwood, MD
Monday - Friday | 8:00 am to 4:00 pm | Ages 14 and up | $405.00
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Want to become an awesome camp counselor, get hands-on archaeological experience and earn Student Service Learning (SSL) hours? Sign up for this ten-day workshop! In the first week, you'll learn the basics of archaeological methods, get CPR training, and practice creating and planning camp activities. The second week we'll dig into the real thing! You'll work with campers, and have an opportunity to ask questions and get feedback in our counselors' afternoon roundtables.

  • June 20 – July 1- course # 12379
Day Camps

Needwood Mansion 6700 Needwood Road, Derwood, MD
Monday through Friday | 9:00 am to 3:00 pm | Ages 9 to 13 | sessions $280.00
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Get a hands-on introduction to archaeology in this 5-day camp. Work side-by-side with Park Archaeologists on a real-live archaeological site, and do what archaeologists do. You'll dig it! Reduced fees are available for qualified applicants.

  • Session 1 – June 27 to July 1 course # 12363
  • Session 2 – July 5 to July 8 course # 12377 ($224.00*)
  • Session 3 – July 11 to 15 course # 12375
  • Session 4 – July 18 to 22 course # 12376
  • Session 5 – July 25 to 29 course # 12361

* Session 2 prices are reduced. This session runs 4-days only due to the July 4th holiday - Day Camp $216.00

Extended Care Sessions

Needwood Mansion 6700 Needwood Road, Derwood, MD
Monday through Friday | 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm | $115.00 per session
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Kids can practice their atlatl skills (a prehistoric hunting weapon), go on a scavenger hunt, take a paddleboat ride on Lake Needwood, play a board game and more during this supervised free time.

  • Session 1 – June 27 to July 1 course # 12364
  • Session 2 – July 5 to July 8 course # 12367 ($90.00*)
  • Session 3 – July 11 to 15 course # 12365
  • Session 4 – July 18 to 22 course # 12366
  • Session 5 – July 25 to 29 course # 12362

* Session 2 prices are reduced. This session runs 4-days only due to the July 4th holiday - Camp $216.00 | Extended Care $80.00. These events are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Board of Education of Montgomery county, the superintendent or school. Summer Camp Registration Promo


Examing a sampleVolunteers are one of our best assets!
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.

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.

Contact Us

M-NCPPC, Montgomery Parks - Archaeology Program
Needwood Mansion, 6700 Needwood Road, Derwood, Maryland 20855 | 301-563-7530 (main line)

  • Heather Bouslog, Co-Lead, Senior Archaeologist - Camp Director and Volunteer Coordinator, Public Education, and General Inquiries
    301-563-7531 |
  • Cassandra Michaud, Co-Lead, Senior Archaeologist, RPA - Park Development, Regulatory Review, Technical Assistance, and General Inquiries
    301-563-7532 |

Last Update: May 6, 2016