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Historical trust honors archeological program

The 2013 Tyler Bastian Field Station at Biggs Ford in Frederick County (Photo: Archaeological Society of Maryland)

The 2013 Tyler Bastian Field Station at Biggs Ford in Frederick County
(Photo: Archaeological Society of Maryland)

A Towson University lecturer’s archaeological field session has earned distinction from The Maryland Historical Trust.

TU Lecturer Robert Wall led the 2013 Field Session in Maryland Archeology at the Biggs Ford site in Frederick County in summer 2013. The 2014 Maryland Preservation Award recognized the 11-day session’s excellence.

The session was conducted on the site of two Native American villages dating back to the mid-1400s.

“The site produced artifacts such as ceramics, stone tools and animal bones that are believed to have been left by the inhabitants of the village site before it was abandoned,” said Wall. “We also found some preliminary evidence of structures that we will try to further refine this year.”

Wall said he plans to go back to the Frederick site this year, and to take his students to excavate 12,000-year-old hunter-gatherer artifacts at a site in Cumberland.

According to the Maryland Historical Trust, the Maryland Preservation Awards honor outstanding preservation efforts throughout the state, from a great rehabilitation project to an educational program highlighting historic preservation to a preservationist who has had a significant impact in promoting Maryland history.

The awards, presented by the MHT Board of Trustees, recognize activities in historic preservation, architecture, archaeology, museums, cultural conservation, education and related fields and represent the best of preservation in Maryland.

The study was co-sponsored by the Archeological Society of Maryland.

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