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Artifacts of Outlander is a production of Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM), home of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab). Who We Are - The Artifacts of Outlander exhibit is a production of Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM) which is the home of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab), a State-owned facility serving as the primary repository for archaeological collections excavated in Maryland.  JPPM and the MAC Lab are part of the Maryland Historical Trust, a division of the Maryland Department of Planning. Why Outlander? The staff of the MAC Lab at JPPM are huge fans of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, and the Outlander television series on Starz inspired us to take some of our favorite finds from colonial Maryland out of storage so that people could see how they compare to the 18th-century Scotland depicted in the show. Outlander features a Scotland bristling under English political control in the 1740s. By that time, Maryland had been an English colony for 100 years, and within a few decades, Maryland would also struggle to overthrow English rule. Scotland and Maryland represented economic assets to England, and laws and taxation ensured that these regions relied on English goods. Colonial artifacts found by archaeologists in Maryland are therefore not so different than ones you might find in 1740s Scotland. Artifacts come to the MAC Lab from every part of the state, and many of the most impressive assemblages date to the 18th century, allowing us pull real finds that offer Outlander fans a new way to connect to the time period in which the series is set. The Traveling Exhibit Originally intended for a single appearance at a local library in May 2015, Artifacts of Outlander proved popular enough that JPPM converted the exhibit into something that could travel as a stand-alone display. Since then the exhibit has traveled to several libraries, museums, and conferences. In between off-site bookings, the exhibit can be seen at JPPM’s Visitor’s Center. The success of the traveling exhibit made it clear that having an online version of the exhibit could get the word out about Maryland’s archaeological resources to even wider audiences. The online version of the exhibit may not let audiences see the real artifacts in person, but it does allow room to tell the detailed stories behind the artifacts. In museum exhibits in general, the rule is to keep labels and wording as short as possible. We broke that rule with Artifacts of Outlander online, and we recognize that most people will not read everything, but we decided to offer the stories behind Maryland’s 18th-century artifacts for those who do want to read more. After all, fans of Diana Gabaldon’s lengthy novels are no lightweights when it comes to reading, and as fans ourselves we know that the more people know about the objects people used in the 18th-century, the easier it is to relate to the world that Gabaldon depicts. As a non-profit institution, JPPM and the MAC Lab got permission from Starz to use images from the show for our exhibit, but we are not sponsored by Starz or representing them in any way. We are professional archaeologists who know artifacts and want to share them with anyone who might have an interest in them, and this show offered an inspirational opportunity. Period dramas often need to take creative license with sets and costumes in order to facilitate the filming process, and Outlander is no exception. Producers must build characters and inevitably sacrifice some historical accuracy to tell a story that modern audiences will understand. History buffs looking for a 100% realistic depiction of the past will always be able to find something wrong with such shows, but Maryland’s artifacts prove that much of the material in Outlander is spot-on, and this exhibit has given us the opportunity to highlight the details that the Outlander series gets “right” when it comes to 18th-century objects. We also used our own creative license to add artifacts that fit the themes whether they are depicted in the show or not. Our goal in producing this marriage between archaeology and entertainment is to educate and connect people to the artifacts that Maryland holds in the public trust. We are grateful to Starz for allowing us to use the show as a medium for generating interest in what we do as we study and care for the tangible remains of Maryland’s colonial heritage. Click on link to take you to Friends of JPPM website.