Citizen Science

Environmental Archaeology Dig Day

Join us for a day of archaeological fun this November!

Saturday, Nov 11, 2023 - 9:30am - 3:30pm
Event Location
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, MD 21037
Advance Registration Required

Event Details

A group of people under pop-up tents against a backdrop of fields and forest shovel dirt into buckets and look through it using raised screens.


Who can participate? 

This is a family-friendly event and we welcome volunteers age 10+.

  • All volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
  • Volunteers younger than 10 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • All volunteers (including accompanying adults) must be included in the sign up.

What to expect? 

The general activities are fairly straightforward (such as digging, sieving sediment, washing and sorting artifacts), and training and materials will be provided. We work outside on uneven terrain, and ask that participants wear close-toed, sturdy shoes.

The dig day will be happening rain or shine. It if doesn't rain or if it is only drizzling, we will be working outside, so please dress to be comfortable and in clothing and shoes that can get dirty. If it does rain, there will be opportunities to work in the lab or take a tour of the Woodlawn History Center (close-toed shoes are required in the lab too).

We'll be set up in a gravel parking lot adjacent to Java ruins (large brick building with metal supports). Please stay as long as you want for your slot! There is no pressure to stay the whole time. There are two solar-powered porta potties at the site that can be accessed down a relatively steep grassy hill. 

Important notes

  • Specific directions and additional details will be sent via email two days before the date to those who sign-up.

  • If you have any questions or access needs, please contact Rachael Mady (, 443-482-2276), who is the SERC Citizen Science Coordinator.