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Historic Simpsonville

HCC students preparing for a public archaeology day at Historic Simpsonville.


This collaborative archaeological research project at the Robinson Nature Center supported undergraduate research and small scale excavations within the vicinity of Historic Simpsonville Mill in Howard County (18HO80).  The objectives of this research project were three-fold:


  1. To provide significant new information on the historic landscape associated with the 19th and 20th century community associated with the Simpsonville Mill, whilst still preserving the majority of the remaining archaeology of the area in-situ.


  1. To create a valuable training opportunity for College students majoring in Anthropology


  1. To establish a unique community archaeology project by hosting school-days and public-days where members of the community can join in with certain aspects of the archaeological process.



The project reflected a collaboration between the following institutions and individuals:


  1. Howard Community College

  2. Robinson Nature Center

  3. Howard County Survey Division, Dept. of Public Works

  4. Local Howard County Middle Schools

  5. Maryland Archaeological Conservancy

  6. The Upper Patuxent Archaeology Group (Archaeological Society of Maryland)

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