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Archeaology dig at Oakley CabinArchaeology Program


Archaeology is history ... from the ground up!

The 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.

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Examing a sampleEvents & Camps


Family Archaeology Day

Saturday, May 3 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm | $8 per person | $15 family at the event
Needwood Mansion, 6700 Needwood Road, Derwood, MD

Needwood Mansion opens its doors to the public for a day of investigating archaeology. 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
  • Bring a bag lunch and stay for the day!

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

2014 Archaeology Camps

What do archaeologists really do? - REGISTER NOW - at
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. All camps are approved for SSL hours and fulfill most requirements for a Boy Scout Archaeology Merit Badge.

Summer Camps

Needwood Mansion
6700 Needwood Road, Derwood, MD - 2014 archaeology events and camp flyer (PDF, 200KB)
From June 23 through July 25, 2014, campers will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with Parks Archaeologists on an actual archaeological site, and learn just what archaeologists do. Sessions will vary and are generally offered in 5-day sessions. ParkPass course numbers are noted on the Archaeology Camp flyer.

  • Day Camp Sessions - ages 9-13 (9:00 am - 3:00 pm )
  • After Care Sessions (3:00 pm to 5:30 pm)
  • Leadership Training - ages 14 and up (8:00 am to 4:00 pm)

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: April 24, 2014