Gloria S. King Research Fellowship in Archaeology

The Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory offers the Gloria S. King Fellowship in Archaeology for projects using MAC lab collections. The MAC Lab is an archaeological research, conservation, and curation facility located at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, the State Museum of Archaeology, in southern Maryland. The MAC Lab serves as a clearinghouse for archaeological collections recovered from land-based and underwater projects conducted by State and Federal agencies and other researchers throughout Maryland and is currently home to 8 million artifacts representing over 12,000 years of human occupation in Maryland. All of these collections are available for research, education, and exhibit purposes to students, scholars, museum curators, and educators and the purpose of the fellowship is to encourage research in the collections.

Eligibility/Requirements: Students, academics, or professionals (employees of the Maryland  Historical Trust and St. Mary’s College of Maryland are not eligible); any subject in Maryland archaeology; must use collections at the MAC Lab; must be in residence full time in the MAC Lab; must provide a presentation of research to museum staff members at the end of the fellowship. 

Application process: A 1000 word proposal (no more than 4 typed pages, double-spaced) outlining the problem and the collections in the MAC Lab to be used, plus a CV and a letter of recommendation.

Stipend: Stipend of $700 a week, with a minimum two week stay and maximum 5 week stay.  Stipend to be paid upon completion of fellowship for stay of two weeks; a fellowship of greater length will be paid in two installments:  50% at the midway point of the fellowship and 50% upon completion.  On-site housing may be available for fellows, dependent on scheduling of fellowship.

Applications are due March 1st of each year for a fellowship in that calendar year.  Projects awarded a fellowship can begin as early as April 1. 

Please email application materials in digital pdf format and direct any questions to Patricia Samford at or mail to: 

Patricia Samford, Director
Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory
Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
10515 Mackall Road
St. Leonard, Maryland 20685

Gloria King Biographical Sketch

Gloria Shafer was born on January 6, 1931 in Baltimore, Maryland.  She spent summers as a child on her family's farm near Chestertown, Maryland and attended Washington College. In 1955, she and her husband, George M. King, started a small excavating construction business in Anne Arundel County. She had a lifelong interest in Maryland history and archaeology and contributed funds and services to individuals and organizations supporting this interest.  Mrs. King passed away on May 31, 2004 and this fellowship in her memory recognizes her many contributions to the preservation of the past.


Previous Fellowship Recipients


Mr. Christopher Shephard, Department of Anthropology, College of William and Mary
Mr. Shephard researched the exchange of copper and shell objects among Algonquian societies of the Late Woodland through Early Colonial periods, and the rise and transformation of chiefly authority across the southern Middle Atlantic.  During his fellowship, Mr. Shephard looked at collections from the Posey Site (18CH281), the Cumberland Site (18CV171) and the Hughes Site (18MO1) to answer questions related to the nature of competitive gift-giving and feasting in the negotiation of power and authority among the indigenous societies of the Tidewater. The Materiality of Politics: Tracking the Production and Circulation of Shell Artifacts in the Algonquian Chesapeake (A.D. 900-1680).

Dr. Alasdair Brooks, Independent Researcher
Alisdair Brooks studying a ceramic cup.Dr. Brooks’ proposal was entitled “British Ceramics in North America, 1750 to 1900: A Maryland Case Study”.† Dr. Brooks requested funding to research the nature of post-1750 ceramics assemblages recovered from Maryland in support of his broader research on international trade and consumption of post-1750 British ceramics.† This research will subsequently form a core part of his forthcoming book British Ceramics 1750-1900: a Global Perspective, contracted to the Society for Historical Archaeology's co-publication series with the University of Nebraska Press (for publication in 2016). The research has most recently proved useful in providing comparative data for the analysis of assemblages in Abu Dhabi and Oman. Dr. Brooks remained at the lab for two weeks, during which time he analyzed ceramics from two privy features from the Federal Reserve Site (18BC27), the Magruder House (18MO325), Schifferstadt (18FR134), and the Elizabeth Lowery House (18CR226).   


Lindsay Bloch, Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ms. Bloch uses elemental analysis as a quantitative way to distinguish the origins of utilitarian earthenware on sites from the Colonial and Early Federal period Chesapeake.   During her fellowship, Ms. Bloch examined earthenware from 18CV83 (King’s Reach), 18CV84 (King’s Reach Quarter), NAVAIR (18ST642), Ashcomb’s Quarter (18CV362), Mattapany (18ST738) and 18CV344 (Chapline Place) for analysis. Ms. Bloch's completed dissertation entitled Made in America? Ceramics, Credit, and Exchange on Chesapeake Plantations came out this year and should be available on line by August 2015.

Jenna Carlson, Department of Anthropology, College of William and Mary
Ms. Carlson’s project involved analyzing the lower limb bones of cattle from 18PR175 (Oxon Hill) and 18AP52 (Gott’s Court) for osteometric and pathological indicators of the animals’ use as draught cattle.  By identifying draught cattle from the archaeological record, Ms. Carlson hopes to see the transition from tobacco production to mixed gra in agriculture in the eighteenth-century Chesapeake and its effects on cattle husbandry. "Oxen at Oxon Hill Manor" (Poster session at the 2015 Society for American Archaeology Meetings, San Francisco, April 2015).

Valerie M. J. Hall, Curator at the Museum of the Grand Prairie, Mahomet Illinois
Ms. Hall is looking at Native American pottery on seventeenth-century sites as a way to examine Maryland Indian women's influence on the transformation of English immigrant culture in Early British America. During her week-long fellowship, Ms. Hall looked at Indian pottery from 18CV83 (King’s Reach), Heater’s Island (18FR72), Horne Point (18DO 58), Charles Gift (18ST704), Fly (18ST329), Old Chapel Field (18ST330), and Tudor Hall (18ST677). webpage https://independent.academia. edu/ValerieHall1.

Esther Rimer counting rusted nails from and archaeological site in Prince Georges County.2015

Esther Rimer, Museum Technician, Anthropology Department Collections, Smithsonian Institution, Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Ms. Rimer is looking at collections from several late seventeenth-century earthfast buildings at the Oxon Hill Plantation (18PR175) in Prince Georges County.  These structures, one of which may have been an armory, will help shed light on life along the Maryland frontier.

Laura Masur, a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology at the Boston University
Ms. Masurís project focused on Jesuit sites in Southern Maryland, in her study of the relationship between landscape, economic production and Jesuit foodways on Jesuit farms and plantations in Maryland and southeastern Pennsylvania. Ms. Masur examined collections from 18ST87, 18ST233, 18ST329 and 18ST330.

Mia Carey examining an artifact.2016

Mia Carey, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida
During her fellowship, Ms. Carey used the lab's type collections to assist in identifying and cataloging ceramics from the Yarrow Mamout Site, the early 19th-century home in Georgetown of an African Muslim.†She also compared the ceramics from the Yarrow Mamout Site with assemblages from the Benajamin Banneker Site and is looking at questions of consumer choice and patterns of use and re-use.

Zachary Singer, a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut
Mr. Singer, spent three weeks at the lab studying lithic tools from two sites with Paleoindian components: Nolandís Ferry (18FR17) and Higgins (18AN489).


Katelyn Kean, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
During her fellowship, Ms. Kean used artifact distribution data from slave quarters at two Calvert County Maryland sites in order to understand how the enslaved were using the landscape. The sites analyzed were 18CV91 Smith’s St. Leonard (1711-1754) and 18CV151 Bowen Road, dating from the late 18th to early 19th centuries. 

Zachary Singer, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut
Mr. Singer analyzed lithic materials of "weathering amber chalcedony" from 18BA483, a quarry related lithic reduction site in Baltimore County.

Alex Glass, Applied Archaeology & History Assoc., Annapolis, MD.2018

Alexandria Glass, Applied Archaeology & History Associates, Annapolis, MD

During her three week fellowship, Ms. Glass analyzed flotation samples from the Rosenstock Village Site (18FR18), a late Woodland Period Village in Frederick County.

Valerie M. J. Hall, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Maryland
Ms. Hall spent two weeks examining various Southern Maryland collections in order to address indigenous exploitation of faunal resources and tools associated with the fur trade in the Maryland Colony.