State and federal laws require the State Highway Administration (SHA) to consider the possibility of finding archeological sites before we begin construction on any project. By considering cultural resources during the planning process and by working closely with the State Historic Preservation Officer, SHA is often able to design our projects to avoid and minimize harm to archeological resources.
If we are unable to avoid damaging a site, we typically conduct excavations to recover information from the ground that both satisfy our legal obligations and our responsibilities as environmental stewards. The Yearbooks of Archeology include summaries of each archeology project as it was described in the final reports sent to the State Historic Preservation Officer in a given calendar year.
Past Yearbooks are available for a small charge through the Maryland Historical Trust. Please feel free to contact them at 410-514-7650 or select the following link: http://www.marylandhistoricaltrust.net/. For further information, please contact the Cultural Resources Section of SHA's Environmental Planning Division at 410-545-8870 or toll free at 1-866-527-0502.
Yearbook of Archeology 1995 (PDF 2,132kb)
Yearbook of Archeology 1998 (PDF 2,061kb)
Yearbook of Archeology 1999 (PDF 3,037kb)