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Archaeology in Annapolis records

 Collection 0375-MDHC
The Archaeology in Annapolis Records document the activities of this organization from its founding in 1981 to the present. Archaeology in Annapolis is a part of the Department of Anthropology of the University of Maryland, College Park and over the last 30 years it has conducted city wide archaeological excavations of sites across Annapolis. This collection documents the work conducted at more than forty sites in Annapolis as well as on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Included are site reports, field notes, artifact catalogs, articles and papers, materials related to public programming, and photographs and slides.


  • 1882-2010
  • Majority of material found within 1982-2010

Use and Access to Collection

The majority of this collection is open to the public and must be used in the Special Collections reading room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

Materials of a sensitive nature, such as those containing personally identifiable information, are restricted for 75 years or the life of the individual and may by screened and removed by special collections staff. Please speak with a staff member if you believe that materials have been unnecessarily removed.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder. *

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a research find sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


137.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

The Archaeology in Annapolis records span the period 1882 to 2010, with the majority of the collection originating in the period after its establishment in 1981. The collection reflects the major elements of the organization's activities. Documentation of field work and the analysis and research resulting from the examination of over forty-five archaeological sites make up the bulk of the collection. These include field notes, field logbooks, maps and other drawings, reports, slides, contact sheets, photographs, historic research, oral history transcripts, artifact cataloging sheets, historical research and analytical notes. Links to digital versions of over thirty of the excavation reports are provided on DRUM. Other documents found in the collection include scholarly works resulting from Archaeology in Annapolis projects, administrative material, newspaper clippings about the project, photographs, slides, and drawings.

Administrative History

Archaeology in Annapolis was founded in 1981 by Dr. Mark P. Leone. The organization is operated through the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland College Park in cooperation with several Annapolis- based organizations including the Historic Annapolis Foundation, the Banneker Douglass Museum and the City of Annapolis. The organization has conducted over forty excavations in the historic area of Annapolis, as well as several sites on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Significant excavations include sites of national, state and local historical significance such as the projects to excavate the homes of Charles Carroll of Carrollton and William Paca, both signers of the Declaration of Independence. Other projects include the excavations of the house occupied by the Calvert family, producing one of the two collections of Calvert family material in Maryland; the Jonas and Anne Catherine Green print shop where the Maryland Gazette, one of the country's foremost newspapers before and after independence, was published ; and most recently, evidence of African-American spirit practices have been found at several sites, showing the presence of African diasporic religious practices and adding an African identity to Annapolis history

Archaeology in Annapolis was designed in the context of the University of Maryland to train historical archaeologists at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. The program offers an intensive six-week field school in urban archaeology every summer. The program has resulted in training a new generation of archaeologists, as well as producing important research in the field. The project has resulted in more than ten PhD dissertations and dozens of masters level research projects.

Public programming and outreach has been a major component of the work of Archaeology in Annapolis since its inception. Excavations have been free and open to the public since 1982 and the program has worked to integrate archaeological findings into the interpretation of historic sites in and around Annapolis.


This collection is organized as eight series:
Series 1
Archaeological Excavations
Series 2
Public Programming
Series 3
Associated Scholarship
Series 4
Administrative Files
Series 5
Series 6
Oral History Project
Series 7
Photographs and Slides
Series 8

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Mark Leone donated this collection to the University of Maryland Libraries in July 2010.

Existence and Location of Copies

Selected reports from the collection have been digitized and are available through the Digital Repository at the University of Maryland (DRUM):

Processing Information

Duplicates were discarded; most paper clips and staples have been removed and replaced by strips of acid-free paper and inert plastic clips. Photographs and slides were placed in acid-free sleeves. Original newspaper clippings have been retained and, where possible, placed between sheets of acid-free paper. All materials have been put into acid-free folders and boxes.
Guide to the Archaeology in Annapolis records
Archaeology in Annapolis records
Processed by Michael Roller. Assistance in processing the material was provided by Amy Carattini, Kristin Britanik, Amber Kohl, Jocelyn Knauf, Erik Mohlhenrich, Amanda Tang, Jeremy Trombley and Thomas Wingate.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English.
Sponsored by a Historical Archives Grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742