Dig This: SMCM Anthropology Club

Written By: Olivia Sothoron

St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) offers an abundance of student clubs, from discipline-centered clubs such as the History Club to community-centered clubs, such as Knits for the Needy. One club which remains active despite the challenges created by the ongoing pandemic is the SMCM Anthropology Club. The Anthropology Club introduces students to the study of the past and how it has shaped the world in which we live today. 

The location of the College allows students studying anthropology to gain experiences right in their backyard in Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC). Many students participate in archaeological digs and the Anthropology Club works in collaboration with HSMC to coordinate events which allow for the exploration of the past right here in St. Mary’s City. 

The Club President, Caitlin Hall (‘22), is an anthropology and history double major with a minor in museum studies. She has been a member of the Anthropology Club at SMCM since her freshman year, when she first found out about the club through the Involvement Fair. Hall explained that her favorite memory with the club thus far is the pottery making event that they attended last year in HSMC. She stated: “We had a bonfire at the Woodland Indian Hamlet where we baked our pottery, made s’mores, and told ghost stories about Historic and Point Lookout and heard several Native American myths. It was a really fun experience that I hope new members will get to experience in the future!”

Hall also emphasized that COVID-19 will not stop the club from holding regular meetings, and that they will continue to attend virtual lectures and discussions. She mentioned, “Although it is disappointing not to be able to interact with new club members in person, I am glad that we have the opportunity to still meet virtually.”

The Anthropology Club has various activities and meetings planned for this school year, including bimonthly open study sessions which serve as an opportunity for any anthropology students to attend and receive help from the club members on assignments for anthropology courses. Hall explained, “We also have a couple other events in the works, such as discussing popular anthropology-related podcasts and of course the Distinguished Scholar lectures that the [Anthropology] Department puts on in October.”

McKenna Litynski (‘21) is the Anthropology Club Vice President and has been a member of the club since the fall of 2019. She originally found out about the club after taking the HSMC Archaeological Field School in 2019. Litynski mentioned, “I became friends with a member of the 2019 exec board (who graduated in the spring of 2020) and he recommended that I join the club.”

One of the greatest aspects of the Anthropology Club is that it is open to students in any discipline. Litynski explained: “The wonderful thing about anthropology is that it is interdisciplinary.  Therefore, we welcome all students from all fields of study.” She also remarked that “The Anthropology Club is a really great way to meet anthropology majors and minors at SMCM, as well as, students in other majors with interests in anthropology and archaeology. “ 
For more information on the Anthropology Club at SMCM, reach out to the club’s executive board at smcmanthropologyclub@gmail.com or through direct message on the Club’s Instagram page @smcmanthro.

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