Archaeology digs at Furnace Town set June 15

SNOW HILL — Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum offers a variety of programs and exhibits for residents and visitors. The Public Archaeology Digs focus on teaching the history and principles of archaeology. The next dig for the 2013 season will be held on Saturday, June 15.

Digs are suitable for age 8 and up, and provide a valuable service for Furnace Town as excavators unearth items used by those who lived and worked at this historical site. This teaches and allows us to better understand life in the 19th century company town known as, Furnace Town.

Excavation will be in the area of the Bank/Company Store. Training in technique and supervision will be provided by Mr. Dave Wright. Mr. Wright is currently an instructor with the Eastern Shore Community College and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He teaches marine and historical archaeology. A maximum of 20 people will work in the designated area. Participants carefully scrape dirt, sift it, and clean and categorize artifacts as they appear, working to a depth of about 12 inches.

Typical finds include brick, mortar, nails, window glass, bottle glass, pottery, shells, slag and ceramics. Artifacts are bagged and tagged with the date, grid square and other details and saved for later accessioning work.

The dig begins promptly at 1 p.m. with training and continues until 3:30 or 4. A dig fee of $12 includes daily site admission. Reservations and pre-payment are suggested. VISA/MC/DISC are accepted. The entrance fee is waived for members of Furnace Town Foundation, but registration is necessary.

For information visit; to make reservations call 410-632-2032.