Unearthing Lost Towns - Atlas Obscura

Gambrills, Maryland

Unearthing Lost Towns

Dig, sift, and time travel centuries into the past with the Lost Towns Project.

Explore a prehistoric site and discover artifacts dating to at least 5,000 years ago! Come dig with archaeologists from the Lost Towns Project at an exclusive archaeology workshop in Gambrills, Maryland. 

Dr. Zachary Singer and his crew will showcase some of the artifacts they've already discovered while demonstrating common techniques used in archaeology field work. Then, get your hands dirty searching for stone tools, ceramics, and other prehistoric objects—all of which help us to learn more about the people who left behind campsites in Gambrills over the past 13,000 years. 

The Lost Towns Project is a 25-year-old nonprofit organization that attracts scholars who facilitate and promote the discovery, preservation, stewardship, and appreciation of cultural resources, historic structures, and archaeological sites in Anne Arundel County.  


  • This location is not metro or bus accessible and is located about 40 minutes outside of Washington, D.C.
  • The exact location will be sent to attendees a few days prior to the event. This is done in order to protect the privacy of the site. 
  • This is an outdoor event. Wear appropriate, closed-toe footwear and dress for the weather.
  • All participants must complete the liability waiver that will be sent, along with additional guidelines, prior to our adventure.
  • For this event the normal training period has been waived. 
  • Part of the proceeds will benefit the Lost Towns Project.
  • In order to protect the privacy of the site, photographs are allowed as long as they are not geo-tagged.
  • This event is family-friendly! All adventurers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.


Contact Julie Seigel at julie.seigel@atlasobscura.com.

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