Archaeological workshop set for tomorrow

March 14, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Marylanders interested in their state's archaeological heritage can see recovered artifacts and hear experts lecture tomorrow at a public workshop in Crownsville.

Sponsored by the state Office of Archaeology and the Archaeological Society of Maryland, the sessions will range from research on the Internet to cemetery preservation and restoration. Topics will include Native American artifacts and colonial and Civil War relics.

The sixth annual workshop will be from 9 a.m. until 3: 30 p.m. at the People's Resource Center, 100 Community Place, off General's Highway (Route 178) in Crownsville. The admission fee is $6.

State underwater archaeologist Bruce Thompson will speak at 11 a.m. on relics recovered from the Union gunship U.S.S. Tulip.

The ship sank in the lower Potomac River after a boiler explosion in 1864. Forty-six officers and men perished. Amateur divers illegally removed a wealth of artifacts, many of which have been recovered by Thompson for the U.S. Naval Historical Center. Some items will be on display tomorrow.

Architectural historian Orlando Ridout V will discuss the history and restoration of the wooden acorn that graced the State House dome for two centuries.

Archaeologist Donald Creveling will describe plans for the society's annual field session May 2-12 at a Colonial port site in Prince George's County. Information: 410-514-7661.

Pub Date: 3/14/97

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