At the December 1 CCAS meeting, Silas Hurry talked about what archaeologists do with artifacts after the excavations are finished and how these artifacts can tell us about the past. There were examples showing how looking at the artifacts can tell us about the date of the site, what was at the site, e.g. where a doorway was located, or how the material culture changed over time, e.g. the increased use of individual drinking vessels.
Like many other archaeologists, Silas said that much has changed in archaeology in the past thirty years. He showed several rusted iron blobs as well as the X-rays indicating the objects hidden within. This was just one of the examples indicating the importance of conserving artifacts for the future when new technologies may become available to analyze the objects.
Charles County Archaeological Society of Maryland, Inc. (CCASM) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides educational experiences for the public to learn about archaeology. It also offers opportunities for members to investigate and conserve archeological resources. CCASM members include avocational and professional archeologists. Our primary focus is archaeology within the Mid-Atlantic region and more specifically in Charles County, Maryland.