Report of Archeological Investigations at Smithson Site to be Examined Feb. 11

Press Release — Archeological Society of the Northern Chesapeake

Date: Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Time: Light refreshments at 6:30 pm, speaker program at 7:15

Location: Historical Society of Harford County. 143 North Main Street, Bel Air

Program. “Report of the Archeological Investigations at the Smithson Site ”, by

ASNC Members Stephen Israel and Wes Herrmann.

Abstract/Preview: This program will begin with a description of a seven-year amateur surface study along a small portion of the upper Deer Creek drainage in Harford County, that resulted in Wes Herrmann’s recording the prehistoric site, as 18HA258, with the Maryland Office of Archeology. After several significant periods of erosion and sediment deposition, Stephen Israel began a detailed archeological survey and investigation of the site. Over the past two years, several very busy weekends of deep-unit excavation have provided an opportunity for a complex study of soil stratigraphy and buried horizons. A number of ASNC members and HCC students have participated in this activity, which was summarized in a presentation at the Eastern States Archaeological Federation’s annual conference last November.

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