Archaeology Program

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Montgomery Parks’ Archaeology Program identifies, manages, and interprets archaeological sites on parkland and considers the effects of land use decisions on cultural resources. Research and excavations contribute to interpretation, public education programs, restorations, and park development plans.

The program provides for the stewardship of non-renewable archaeological resources and an opportunity for public participation in discovering our past right in your backyard. Learn more below.


Special Events | Summer Camps

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Archaeology Summer Camps

Needwood Mansion, 6700 Needwood Road, Derwood, MD

Find out what it takes to be an archaeologist! Investigate Montgomery County’s history from the ground up with archaeologists from Montgomery Parks. We host Summer Camps, Aftercare sessions, and Leadership Training Workshops. Registration starts January 21, 2020.

To register for 2020 Archaeology Summer Camps, visit ActiveMontgomery

Archaeology camps are approved for SSL hours and fulfill most requirements for a Boy Scout Archaeology Merit Badge.

Questions? Contact us or call 301-563-7530

Archaeology Leadership Training Workshop and Camp Assistant Program Package, Age 14+

Want to become an awesome camp counselor and get hands-on experience while earning SSL Hours? Sign up for this two-week (9 day) workshop!  The first week you will learn the basics in archaeological methods, get CPR Training and create and plan camp activities.  The second week you will dig into the real thing!  You’ll work with the Park Archaeologists to hone your leadership and management skills.  Archaeology Camp Assistants spend the day with younger campers, assisting and instructing them in a variety of activities.  There are limited spots available for each camp session. So sign up now!  [After-hours supervision available]  LEARN MORE

Archaeology Service Project, Age 14+

BACK AGAIN! Dig Archaeology?  Get hands-on experience while earning SSL hours with the Archaeology Service Project.  Archaeology Service Project Team Members learn archaeology with archaeological research, investigations, labwork and interpretation.  Get ready to be outside, get dirty, and have fun! (No experience necessary). [After-hours supervision available]  LEARN MORE

Archaeology Camp for Children, Ages 9 – 13

Find out what it takes to be an archaeologist! Here’s your chance to work alongside the Parks’ archaeologist and get hands on experience with mapping, soil identification, and artifact processing.  Each week we’ll take a field trip to a different historic site, and weather permitting, do some real excavating!  Camp fulfills some requirements for the Boy Scout Archaeology Merit Badge.  [Aftercare available] LEARN MORE


Archaeology Detectives, Ages 6 – 8

Find out what it takes to be an archaeologist!  Uncover the past as you look for clues past peoples left behind!  Campers will discover how archaeologists piece together the evidence from the past as they investigate the landscape around them; campers will get hands-on experience learning about excavation and artifact identification.  Each week we’ll take a trip to a historical site. [Aftercare available] LEARN MORE





Last Updated: January 22, 2020