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Archaeological dig uncovers Herring Run Park's past

Archaeological dig uncovers Herring Run Park's past

Beneath the tall trees and wildflowers of Baltimore's Herring Run Park, the ground holds clues to the city's distant past.

With a small budget, a short time frame and a dedicated group of volunteers, archaeologists Jason Shellenhamer and Lisa Kraus — who are married and live about a half-mile from the park — are working with neighborhood history buffs to uncover remains of an impressive estate owned by Baltimore merchant and politician William Smith.

"We got lucky with a lot of this," Shellenhamer said. "It seemed every time we put a shovel in the ground, we found something."

After doing test digs around the park last fall, Shellenhamer...