MAC Lab Research

Archaeologists excavating a prehistoric village palisade ditch.The MAC Lab has an active program of archaeological and historical research.  Much of this effort is focused on the JPPM property, but research is also conducted throughout Maryland.  In addition, since 1983 JPPM has served as the Southern Maryland Regional Center of the Maryland Historical Trust, exploring the cultural resources of the region.  We have studied sites ranging from prehistoric villages to 17th-century Indian hamlets:, from Lord Baltimore’s colonial home to the 19th-century home of a freed slave; and from War of 1812 battlefields to Civil War hospitals.  And our research would obviously be incomplete if we didn’t examine the vast collections of the MAC Lab to better understand Maryland’s historical material culture.

Click here for information on our Gloria S. King Research Fellowship in Archaeology.

Visiting Researchers   

The MAC Lab welcomes scholars interested in using our artifact collections or Library for research.  For more information about this, Click Here or contact the Curator of State Collections.


Excavating Lord Baltimore's cellar.Research Papers

Cofield, Sara Rivers - Why Keep a Crooked Sixpence? Religion and Magic at a Jesuit Plantation
in St. Inigoes, Maryland.

Cofield, Sara Rivers - A Preliminary Study of 17th- and 18th-Century Leather Ornaments from Maryland.

Cofield, Sara Rivers - 17th & Early 18th-Century Architecture along the Patuxent River, MD.

Grulich, Anne Dowling - An Enigmatic Monarch: The Biography of a Headless, Mold-made, White Pipe  Clay King  Recovered in 17th Century MD.

 Grulich, Anne Dowling - Putting Charles Ball on the Map in Calvert County, Maryland.

 King, Julia A. & Douglas H. Ubelaker - Living and Dying on the 17th Century Patuxent Frontier.

 McCarthy, John P. - Oxon Hill Manor - The Archaeology and History of "A World They Made Together".

 Smolek, Michael A. - "Soyle Light, Well-Watered and On the River:” Settlement Patterning of Maryland’s  Frontier  Plantations.

 Cooper, Kelly M. - Patuxent Encounters: Scenes from a Late Woodland Village on Chesapeake Bay.

Click here to read more about selective Research Projects


Green cufflinks that links to the Online Research Tools webpage.             Image of white clay tobacco pipe with text that says "State Curation" which links to the State Curation webpage.              Image of a leather ornament with text that reads "Federal Curation" and is hyperlinked to the Federal Curation webpage.