Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory

Aerial view of the Maryland Archeological Conservation Laboratory.The Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab) is a state-of-the-art 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 throughout Maryland. The MAC Lab also houses a number of major collections acquired through private donation to the Maryland Historical Trust. All of these collections are available for research, education, and exhibit purposes to students, scholars, museum curators, and educators.

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

Workshop - April 19 and 20, 2018 - FULL

Workshop is focused on artifact identification and field conservation strategies for archaeologists. The workshop is open to any practicing professionals and graduate students in the field of archaeology. Because of limited space and the desire to have hands-on activities, each session will be taught to groups of no more than 10, for a maximum of 20 total participants. Cost: $120 per participant. Click here to register. This workshop has been filled


Free MAC Lab tours are offered the first Friday of every month at 1 PM and every Thursday at 11 AM and 1 PM by our docents.
  Please take some time and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to view the MAC Lab and learn more about the research, conservation and curation that is done there. Call Ed Chaney at 410-586-8554 or email for more information. Reservations not required.

Preserve America Grant County Exhibit
St. Mary's County Exhibit Washington County Exhibit
Image of Conservator cleaning an artifact under a magnifying glass, which links to the MAC Lab's CV webpage.

Curator's Choice

Curator's Choice Archives

Image of Cufflinks on black background with the words "Online Research Tools" that has been hyperlinked to the Online Research Tools Webpage.