The Archeological Society of Maryland (ASM) has recently approved a new St. Mary’s County chapter of the organization, called the St. Mary’s County Archeological Society (SMCAS). For Anthropology majors on campus, the geographic location of St. Mary’s College of Maryland is incredibly fortuitous. In addition to being a unique cultural landscape, the area is incredibly rich in archaeological sites. There is a long history of pre-historic occupation, as well as 17th, 18th, and 19th century occupation all over the county. Historic St. Mary’s City is a valuable resource for aspiring archaeologists, especially for those at the college.
The newest chapter of ASM will serve to create professional and personal connections between the community and those devoted to preserving and interpreting the past. From the ASM website, the organization is “a statewide organization of lay and professional archeologists devoted to the study and conservation of Maryland archeology.” The society funds archaeological excavations, holds monthly and annual meetings, and sponsors events throughout the year. Currently, SMCAS meets at St. Francis Xavier Knights of Columbus Hall in Compton. The next event is Monday, December 16th, at 7:00 p.m and it will be a Christmas potluck that all are welcome to attend.