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 95 events that promote awareness of the Commonwealth”s rich archaeological past through fun and engaging programs.

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. 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, and professional archaeologists have planned a variety of exciting events for you and your family to enjoy. Go behind the scenes in an archaeology laboratory and experience what happens there. Take a field trip to a site, go on a guided tour, or attend an illustrated talk. There are many events geared toward children and are enjoyable for the whole family. Teachers can also schedule special field trips for their classes. 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