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...