From the Secretary of the Commonwealth

Dear Reader:

It is my pleasure to introduce the calendar of events for this year's annual celebration of Archaeology Month. This year there are over 50 events that promote awareness of the Commonwealth's rich archaeological past through fun and engaging programs. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, which helps us maintain and preserve our historic resources.

Massachusetts Archaeology Month is about archaeology in your community and the world. It is an opportunity to learn about the people who have lived in the area over the last several thousand years. Many events highlight local Native American, Colonial, and Industrial history, while others explore the archaeological past in other countries, and we even have events focusing on the relationship between archaeology and ever-evolving technology. At many of this year's events you can experience first-hand how archaeologists unlock the mysteries of the past.

Museums, local historical societies, libraries, avocational archaeologists, universities, local historical commissions, professional archaeologists, and other organizations have planned a variety of exciting events for you and your family to enjoy. Learn about recent archaeological investigations in your town, meet an archaeologist and listen as they discuss their latest projects, explore the inner workings of a museum, or take a bike tour. Teachers can schedule special field trips for their classes to take part in hands-on archaeological activities, or even schedule a virtual field trip to explore the ancient monuments of Mesopotamia. There are many events geared toward children and are enjoyable for the whole family. There is something for everyone who has a curiosity about the past.

Remember to keep your calendar to use as a reference throughout the year. Many of the organizations hosting events in October have programs all year. I encourage you to support archaeological research and site preservation in the Commonwealth.

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
Chairman, Massachusetts Historical Commission