Unearthing Lost Towns - Atlas Obscura

Lothian, Maryland

Unearthing Lost Towns

Get your hands dirty in this excavation event rediscovering a centuries-old Native American village with the Lost Towns Project.

Join Atlas Obscura Society D.C. and the Lost Towns Project for an exclusive archaeology workshop and tour of a former Native American village along the Patuxent River that dates back thousands of years. 

Archaeologist Dr. Zac Singer and his crew will begin the tour of the lost town of Pindell Bluffs with a showcase of some of the artifacts they've already discovered, while demonstrating common techniques used in archaeology field work. Then, you'll get your hands dirty sifting and processing artifacts within a wooded area of the 1,700-acre Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, recognized by the National Audubon Society as an Important Bird Area. The site has proved to be rich in stone tools, projectile points, animal bones, and other prehistoric objects. Recent discoveries include one of the oldest artifacts found in Maryland: a 13,000-year-old Clovis point.

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 and throughout the Mid-Atlantic.  


  • This location is not Metro or bus accessible and is located about 40 minutes outside of Washington, D.C.
  • This is an outdoor event and highly interactive. Wear closed-toe footwear and dress appropriately 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, the exact location will be sent to attendees a few days prior to the event. Photographs are allowed, provided that they are not geo-tagged.
  • This event is weather-dependent. In the event of heavy rain, another date will be proposed.
  • 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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