Biggs Ford Archeological Site Artifact Exhibit

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Project Location: Frederick County

Project Date: August-December 2022

In January 2022, arrangements were made between the Maryland Historical Trust and Frederick Community College (FCC) to pick up artifacts from the American University Anthropology lab that had been collected from excavations at the Biggs Ford site between 2013 and 2015.  Thanks to a generous deed of gift from Mrs. Barbara Crum, the site’s property owner, the collection was transferred and arrived at FCC in August.  Mrs. Crum together with her late husband, William, and their family, served as stewards of the site for the past 50 years and desired to see the collection return to Frederick County.

From early September until mid-November, artifacts were selected from the collection for an exhibit that was planned to open to the students and the public. Dr. Lauren Lippiello, assistant professor of global studies at FCC and the exhibit organizer, worked alongside Hettie Ballweber, archeologist and MAS member, and Katherine Duckworth, FCC honors student to put the exhibit together.

The exhibit was designed to help visitors learn about the cultural complexes represented at the site while viewing the different pottery types and other artifacts up close. The items on display were chosen to reflect the full range of occupations at the site. In addition to Native American pottery, the exhibit included shell and bone artifacts and stone tools. Artifacts of note that were reflective of the site’s unique and rich history included a Native American anthropomorphic effigy pendant and brass projectile points.

The opening reception was held November 18 at the FCC Student Center Mosaic Room, when the exhibit was unveiled, and it remained open for visitors until December 9. 

In addition to Katherine Duckworth’s participation to help create the exhibit and photograph select artifacts, the collection was also the subject of her regional and state honors presentation at FCC. Through the collaboration of students, faculty, staff and outside researchers, Dr. Lippiello hopes to create the Biggs Ford Digital Museum, so everyone can access and study the site’s artifacts.