Emeritus Curator of Collections
Mr. Silas D. Hurry is the Emeritus Curator of Collections and Archaeological Laboratory Director for Historic St. Mary’s City. 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.
He is a past officer of the Council on Northeast Historical Archaeology, and the Council for Maryland Archaeology. 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,” Our Towne We Call St. Maries, 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 John H. Jameson and Sherene Baugher.
His research interests include Historic ceramics, vernacular and formal architecture, and 17th-century material culture.