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Unearthing Lost Towns

$50 per person
Up to 20 people
Prehistoric pottery shards and prehistoric lithics, ranging from 500 to 3,000 years of age.
Screening in process.
The Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, a freshwater tidal wetland in Lothian, Maryland.
The shores of the Patuxent River.
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$50 per person
Lothian, Maryland
What We’ll Do

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

About Your Host
The Lost Towns Project
The Lost Towns Project

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. 

What Else You Should Know

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. 

This event is weather-dependent. In the event of heavy rain, another date will be proposed.

Photographs are allowed, provided that they are not geo-tagged.

Part of the proceeds will benefit the Lost Towns Project.

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

Group Size

There are 20 spots available on this experience.

Who Can Come

This event is family-friendly! All adventurers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Dates and Availability
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