Silas D. Hurry

Adjunct Instructor of Anthropology

Silas D. Hurry

Biography

Mr. Silas D. Hurry is the Curator of Collections and Archaeological Laboratory Director for Historic St. Mary’s City. Additionally he has served as adjunct faculty at St. Mary’s College of Maryland since 1988. He has over forty years of experience in historical archaeology working in Maryland, Georgia, Michigan, and New Mexico.   A native of the Southern Maryland region and an honors graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland in History and Anthropology, he subsequently attended graduate school at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.   A past officer of the Council on Northeast Historical Archaeology, the Middle Atlantic Archeological Conference, and the Council for Maryland Archaeology, he maintains the web sites for both councils.  He is active in the Society for Historical Archaeology also serves on the Board of Directors for the St. Mary’s County Historical Society.   He has received awards from the Maryland Historical Trust (2002 and 2009), the St. Mary’s County Commissioners (2003 and 2012) and the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology (2006).   He is the author of numerous articles and essays on the archaeology of St. Mary’s City including the exhibit catalog “..once the Metropolis of Maryland” and The Whole Site is the Artifact: Interpreting the St. John’s Site, St. Mary’s City, Maryland. (with Dorsey Bodeman) in Past Meets Present: Archaeologists Partnering with Museum Curators, Teachers and Community Groups edited by John H. Jameson and Sherene  Baugher.  Additionally, he has contributed chapters to From the Arctic to Avalon: Papers in Honour of Jim Tuck. BAR International Series 1507 edited by  Lisa Rankin and Peter Ramsden and Exploring Atlantic Transitions: Archaeologies of Transience and Permanence in New Found Lands (Society for Post Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series, Archaeology & Heritage, Early Modern History, and Medieval History) edited by Peter E. Pope and Shannon Lewis-Simpson   Hurry designed the new archaeological labs for HSMC located on the college campus and selected the specialized equipment which will make this new facility a truly state-of-the art institution.   His research interests include historic ceramics, vernacular and formal architecture, African American history, and 17th-century material culture.