Massachusetts Archaeology Month October 2016

 

2016 Archaeology Month Poster

The 2016 Massachusetts Archaeology Month Poster

From the State Archaeologist

From the Secretary of the Commonwealth

Download the 2016 Calendar of Events (PDF)


Archaeology Month 2016 Event Information

Acton Concord Newton Taunton
Amesbury East Bridgewater North Adams Tewksbury
Amherst Hamilton Oakham Waltham
Andover Haverhill Plymouth Wayland
Barnstable Lowell Quincy Wellfleet
Becket Marshfield Somerville West Bridgewater
Billerica Mattapoisett Springfield Wilmington
Boston Medford Sturbridge Winchester
Brewster Middleborough Sudbury Woburn
Cambridge Newbury    

Event Listings

Pre-Archaeology Month Events

Boston

Boston Inside Out: What Archaeological Excavations at a Brothel and Boarding House Reveal About Life in the 19th Century North End

Date & Time: Tuesday, September 6, 6:30pm
Location: Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington Street
Information: Contact Patrick M. Leehey, Paul Revere House at 617-523-2338
Sponsor: Lowell Institute
Admission: Free
Archaeological excavations into the North End's 19-century past show that the neighborhood was no teeming Irish "slum," but a thriving neighborhood whose diverse residents struggled to overcome the challenges of urban life in America. Alexander D. Keim, Archaeologist for the Maryland State Highway Administration, will focus on two mid-19th century sites in Boston's North End: 27-29 Endicott Street, which served as a brothel at that time, and the Paul Revere House, specifically a privy used when the building served as a boarding house for sailors. The materials recovered from these sites were used by a colorful cast of characters ranging from doctors and merchants to servants and ladies of the night.

Dig Boston: How, When, and Why Archaeology Happens in the Hub

Date & Time: Tuesday, September 13, 6:30pm
Location: Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington Street
Information: Contact Patrick M. Leehey, Paul Revere House at 617-523-2338
Sponsor: Lowell Institute
Admission: Free
While Boston's history began many thousands of years ago, archaeological investigations are a relatively recent development. Decades of professional and avocational archaeological work have revealed a complex narrative of Boston's deep history that can only be known through archaeological investigation. City Archaeologist Joseph M. Bagley discusses the ins and outs of conducting an archaeological dig in Boston through the lens of recent excavations at the Old North Church, the Seaport Shipwreck, and the house of Malcolm X.

Knee Deep in Paul Revere's Privy: Archaeology at the Paul Revere House Lot

Date & Time: Tuesday, September 20, 6:30pm
Location: Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington Street
Information: Contact Patrick M. Leehey, Paul Revere House at 617-523-2338
Sponsor: Lowell Institute
Admission: Free
Archaeological investigations conducted by the Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc. at the Paul Revere House site from 2011-2013 resulted in the recovery of nearly 10,000 artifacts and a range of landscape and infrastructural features, including drains, cisterns, privies, and sewer pipes, dating from the late 17th to the late 19th centuries. PAL Senior Archaeologist Kristen Heitert will show how many of the artifacts speak of the former residents themselves, such as bone button blanks that may be evidence of piecework undertaken by women trying to make ends meet; "Home Rule" tobacco pipes possibly smoked by newly arrived Irish immigrants; and the skull of a small terrier, perhaps a pet or a practical ratter.

From Hills to Islands: Ancient Adaptations to the Inundation of Boston

Date & Time: Tuesday, September 27, 6:30pm
Location: Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington Street
Information: Contact Patrick M. Leehey, Paul Revere House at 617-523-2338
Sponsor: Lowell Institute
Admission: Free
Some 6,000 years ago, Boston was well inland from the ocean, but as rising sea levels poured in tidal waters around the hills east of Boston, ancient Native Americans lost no time adapting to and enjoying the change. Spectacle Island preserved a wonderful record of several thousand years of clam bakes, fishing, and other activities, excavated as part of the Big Dig project. While Martin Dudek, Senior Project Manager of Commonwealth Heritage Group, will focus on the Native American sites on Spectacle Island, he will also include a brief overview of other exciting archaeological sites uncovered during the Big Dig.

Archaeology Month Events

Listed alphabetically by town

We plan the calendar well in advance and some details were not available at press time. Please check the on-line calendar for last minute updates and additions. www.sec.state.ma.us/mhc/mhcarch/arch_month/archidx.htm

Throughout Massachusetts

Visit the Monuments of Mesopotamia…in Cambridge

Date & Time: Weekdays throughout October, by reservation
Location: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, 11 Divinity Avenue
Information: 617-495-2808, semiticmuseum.fas.harvard.edu/calendar/upcoming
Sponsor: The Harvard Semitic Museum, part of the HMSC
Admission: Free
This virtual field trip for school classes brings kids face-to-face with history. Meet classic statues depicting scenes of Mesopotamian kings and gods and examine ancient inscriptions from Sumer, Babylon, and Assyria. Using Skype, classes "enter" the Harvard Semitic Museum and explore the images and cuneiform on our collection of antique casts with the help of our museum educator, who will ask and answer questions in real time. Full sized, three dimensional replicas convey a truer impression of scale and detail than photographs or drawings. Reserve a 35-minute virtual tour of one of the following: the Laws of Hammurabi, Sumerian Prince Gudea, or Assyrian King Shalmaneser III by contacting 617-495-3216 or email hsmreserve@hmsc.harvard.edu.

Acton

Marking the Execution Site on Gallows Hill and Understanding the Salem Witch Trials

Date & Time: Thursday, October 6, 7pm
Location: Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main Street
Information: 978-929-6655
Sponsor: Friends of Pine Hawk, Acton Memorial Library
Admission: Free
Emerson Baker, Professor at Salem State University and member of the Gallows Hill Project, will discuss the recent confirmation of Proctor's Ledge as the execution site of the Salem witch trials. The team drew upon historic documents, oral traditions, and modern technology to confirm the location. Baker will also discuss his recent book on the Salem trials. Please confirm the date in the library's online calendar, and check for additional archaeology events planned for November.

The Native Land

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 19, 7pm
Location: Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main Street
Information: 978-929-6655
Sponsor: Friends of Pine Hawk, Acton Memorial Library
Admission: Free
John Hanson Mitchell will discuss his research for a new book exploring different cultural attitudes toward land holding. He will focus on traditional land use patterns of local Native American tribes and the contrast with those of the English settlers in our region. Please confirm the event date in the library's online calendar, and check for additional archaeology events planned for November.

Book Discussion: Captive Histories: English, French, and Native Narratives of the 1704 Deerfield Raid

Date & Time: Sunday, October 23, 2:30pm
Location: Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main Street
Information: 978-929-6655
Sponsor: Friends of Pine Hawk, Acton Memorial Library
Admission: Free
Evan Haefeli and Kevin Sweeney draw from original sources - both captive narratives and Indian oral traditions - that describe the 1704 French and Indian attack on Deerfield, Massachusetts. Alternatively, readers may read "Captors and Captives" by these authors, which synthesize the core documents. Co-author Kevin Sweeney will attend the discussion and add his insights. Please confirm the event date in the library's online calendar, and check for additional archaeology events planned for November.

Geoscience Perspectives in Archaeological Resources: A Global Look at New Insights

Date & Time: Monday, October 24, 7pm
Location: Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main St.
Information: 978-264-4200 ext. 20, dleblanc@discoverymuseums.org
Sponsor: Friends of Pine Hawk, The Discovery Museums, Acton Memorial Library
Admission: Free
Geoarchaeologist Susanna Crowley will discuss how the geosciences have influenced the field of archaeological research. Beginning with the earliest collaborations between earth scientists and cultural resources, the geosciences have influenced the questions and research trajectories of archaeological projects across the globe. Dr. Crowley's research experiences in South Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and North America will provide examples of how and why geoarchaeological approaches have proved beneficial to an understanding of our ancient past. Please confirm the event date in the library's online calendar, and check for additional archaeology events planned for November.

Amesbury

Emerson Baker, A Storm of Witchcraft and the Gallows Hill Project

Date & Time: Monday, October 24, 5:30pm
Location: Amesbury Library, 149 Main Street
Information: www.amesburylibrary.org
Sponsor: Amesbury Public Library
Admission: Free
Emerson Baker will discuss his recent book, "A Storm of Witch Craft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience." He will discuss his findings about the location of the Salem Gallows where the accused women were hung. Emerson Baker is a historical archaeologist and professor of history at Salem State College. He is a member of the Gallows Hill Project that recently confirmed the witch trials execution site. He has worked on many archaeology sites along the East Coast.

Amherst

Archaeology at the Emily Dickinson Museum

Date & Time: Sunday, October 2, 10:00 am
Location: Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street
Information: www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org
Sponsor: Emily Dickinson Museum
Admission: Free to members, $5 for non-members
Come view Emily Dickinson's landscape through the lens of an archaeologist during this presentation and walking tour at the Museum. Faculty and members of the University of Massachusetts Amherst archaeological field school will present the findings from their work on the grounds of the Emily Dickinson Museum in the spring of 2016. The findings have shed new light on the location of a former Dickinson family barn, and on the soon to be reconstructed Dickinson conservatory site. See firsthand how archaeology informs the Museum's preservation and restoration projects! For more information, please visit www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org

Andover

Massachusetts Archaeological Society Northeast Chapter Meeting

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 18, 7pm
Location: Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology, 180 Main Street
Information: info.nechapter@massarchaeology.org
Sponsor: Massachusetts Archaeological Society, www.massarchaeology.org
Admission: Free
Join the MAS Northeast Chapter for its monthly free lectures by experts in archaeology and history. We meet at the historic R.S. Peabody Museum on the campus of Phillips Academy in Andover on the third Tuesday of the month from September to May. Lectures are free and open to the public. Find us on Facebook or see www.massarchaeology.org for more information.

Barnstable (Cotuit)

Archaeology on Cape Cod: Some Recent Findings from Cape Digs

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 19, 6:30 pm
Location: Cotuit Library, 871 Main Street
Information: www.cotuitlibrary.org, 508-482-8141
Sponsor: Cotuit Library
Admission: Free
Cape Cod has a rich history stretching back thousands of years. Recently, new findings have been made at several archaeological excavations across the Cape. This talk will highlight what has been found at several Cape Cod sites including the Taylor Bray Farm in Yarmouth and the Sturgis Library in Barnstable. You'll be amazed at what lies underground and in the walls of the buildings you drive past every day. Bring any artifacts you may have found nearby for the archaeologists to identify.

Becket

Archaeology and the Past

Date & Time: Friday, October 14, 10am-12pm
Location: Becket Athenaeum
Information: 413-623-5483
Sponsor: Berkshire Athenaeum, University of Massachusetts Amherst- Department of Anthropology
Admission: Free
Presentation about how and why archaeology is conducted, how it can tell the story of the past, and the importance of archaeological context. This hands-on activity will include a demonstration of stone tool making.

Billerica

Middlesex Canal Bike Tour

Date & Time: Saturday, September 24, 9am
Location: Sullivan Square MBTA Station, Charlestown to Lowell
Information: Contact leader Bill Kuttner at 617-241-9383
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free (Return MBTA Commuter Rail fare is participants' responsibility)
Bike tour of historic Middlesex Canal Route (38 miles). Depart 9am from Charlestown (Sullivan T Station) to Lowell (MBTA Train Station). Return to Boston via commuter rail on 5pm train. Fare is your responsibility. Join or leave at several intermediate stopping points including Sandy Beach, Winchester; Kiwanis Park, Woburn; Wilmington MBTA Station; Middlesex Canal Museum near North Billerica MBTA Station. Google "Canal Ride Cue Sheet" for route description/details.

Fall Meeting and Lecture

Date & Time: Sunday, October 30, 1pm
Location: Middlesex Canal Museum, 71 Faulkner Street
Information: 978-670-2740, www.middlesexcanal.org
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association
Admission: Free
Middlesex Canal Fall Meeting and Lecture on a subject related to the canal era. Speaker and topic to be determined. Please check with event organizer for additional information.

Boston

Middlesex Canal Bike Tour

Date & Time: Saturday, September 24, 9am
Location: Sullivan Square MBTA Station, Charlestown to Lowell
Information: Contact leader Bill Kuttner at 617-241-9383
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free (Return MBTA Commuter Rail fare is participants' responsibility)
Bike tour of historic Middlesex Canal Route (38 miles). Depart 9am from Charlestown (Sullivan T Station) to Lowell (MBTA Train Station). Return to Boston via commuter rail on 5pm train. Fare is your responsibility. Join or leave at several intermediate stopping points including Sandy Beach, Winchester; Kiwanis Park, Woburn; Wilmington MBTA Station; Middlesex Canal Museum near North Billerica MBTA Station. Google "Canal Ride Cue Sheet" for route description/details.

History Beneath Our Feet

Date & Time: Sunday, October 1, 1-4pm
Location: Shirley-Eustis House, 33 Shirley Street
Information: 617-442-2275, governorshirley@gmail.com
Sponsor: The Shirley-Eustis House
Admission: Adults: $7, Students: $5
It's Archaeology Month and the best time to learn new skills while digging in the dirt! You will dig, measure, record, and evaluate artifacts from many different time periods. A perfect activity for home-schooled students. The goal of "History Beneath our Feet" is to help train and sharpen student's historical inquiry, analysis, and interpretation skills. The lesson accomplishes this goal through conducting of an archaeological dig in miniature based on the methods and vocabulary of archaeological science. The key point is that each of the artifacts found contains clues to their manufacture and date of material, origin, and use. To decipher the clues one needs to ask questions about the size, shape, color, material, and decoration of the artifact and know something about the association of those characteristics with particular time periods to answer the question. For example: "What does this artifact feel like? What might it be used for? Do we use this item today?" Asking and answering these questions as well as digging in the dirt are the most important parts of this program. Please call or email to make reservations for this event.

If These Walls Could Talk: Researching the History of a Home

Date & Time: Friday, October 7, 12-1pm
Location: 99-101 Newbury Street
Information: 617-226-1226, education@nehgs.org, AmericanAncestors.org
Sponsor: New England Historic Genealogical Society, AmericanAncesters.org
Admission: Free
Behind the walls of most New England homes lies a story waiting to be discovered. Join NEHGS Senior Researcher and former Curator of the Fairbanks House to learn what records and resources can shed light on a house's past. She will use a number of case studies to demonstrate how various research strategies, available sources, and physical evidence can piece together the history of a home.

Archaeology Meets Technology at Wentworth

Date & Time: Friday, October 14, 2pm
Location: Douglas D. Schumann Library & Learning Commons
Information: 617-989-4040, www.wit.edu/library
Sponsor: Wentworth Institute- Douglas D. Schumann Library
Admission: Free
The event will highlight how technology impacts the practice and interpretive value of archaeology, reviewing findings from a 2015 workshop and subsequent paper on the topic specifically addressing mobile computing and digital archaeological workflows. Jody Gordon, Assistant Professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology, will lead the discussion and will consider pros and cons of converting to digital workflows as well as the challenges and issues in digitizing archaeological data, impacts on student pedagogy, as well as data management and long-term curation.

10th Annual AIA-MOS Archaeology Fair

Date & Time: Friday, October 14, 9am-2pm & Saturday, October 15, 10am-3pm
Location: Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston
Information: www.archaeological.org/archaeologyday/events, www.mos.org/publicevents
Sponsor: Archaeological Institute of America; WBUR & WGBH Radio
Admission: Free with museum admission (Adults: $23, Seniors: $21, Children: $20)
Join the Archaeological Institute of America and the Museum of Science, Boston, for two days of archaeological discovery! Learn about the life of a Roman soldier, underwater shipwrecks, Native American technology, and much more through hands-on activities and live demonstrations.

Brewster

Taylor Bray Farm Update

Date & Time: Saturday, October 8, 1pm
Location: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main Street/Route 6A
Information: 508-869-3867, www.ccmnh.org
Sponsor: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Admission: Free with admission (Adults: $10, Seniors: $7, Children ages 3-12: $5, Children under 3: Free)
Come hear about the 2015 field season at Taylor Bray Farm from lead investigator, Craig Chartier. The 2015 season looked to learn more about how Native activities that took place at the site and to further investigate a possible Native house (wetu). Artifacts from the 2015 field season will be on exhibit.

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History Archaeology Laboratory Open House and Artifact Identification

Date & Time: Saturday, October 15, 11am-3pm
Location: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main Street/Route 6A
Information: 508-869-3867, www.ccmnh.org
Sponsor: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Admission: Free with admission (Adults: $10, Seniors: $7, Children ages 3-12: $5, Children under 3: Free)
Join archaeologist Dan Zoto and the rest of the CCMNH Archaeology team at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History's Archaeology Lab. View artifacts from local excavations including from the Wing Island Archaeology Project, and learn about the archaeology of the area. Visitors are encouraged to bring artifacts for identification.

Wing Island Guided Walk

Date & Time: Saturday, October 22, 11am
Location: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main Street/Route 6A
Information: 508-869-3867, www.ccmnh.org
Sponsor: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Admission: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History Members: $3, Non-Members: $5
Join archaeologist Dan Zoto for a guided walk of Wing Island, the location of the Wing Island Archaeology Project. Learn the history of the island and its varied uses throughout thousands of years.

Cambridge

Zooarchaeology Laboratory Open House

Date & Time: Saturday, October 8, 12:00-4:00pm
Location: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, 11 Divinity Avenue
Information: 617-495-8317, www.peabody.harvard.edu
Sponsor: Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University
Admission: Free
Visit behind the scenes of a museum laboratory that helps archaeologists identify the animal bones found on their excavations. Researchers who study animal remains from ancient human-occupation sites (zooarchaeologists) demonstrate how this is done by using skeletons of modern animals. If you have found a bone in your backyard, bring it in with you and get it identified! A favorite archaeology event for children and for home-schoolers!

Concord

Hands-On History

Date & Time: Sunday, October 9, 1-4pm
Location: Concord Museum, 53 Cambridge Turnpike
Information: 978-369-9763, www.concordmuseum.org
Sponsor: Concord Museum
Admission: Adults: $10, Seniors (62 and over): $8, Students (18 and over with valid ID): $8, Children: $5, Children 5 and under: Free, Active Military (with valid ID): Free, Members: Free
Bring your family and get hands-on with history in this program focusing on Native American artifacts. Digging up Concord's past with an archaeological test pit. Included free with museum admission, members free.

Collections Spotlight

Date & Time: Saturday, October 15, 1-3pm
Location: Concord Museum, 53 Cambridge Turnpike
Information: www.concordmuseum.org
Sponsor: Concord Museum
Admission: Adults: $10, Seniors (62 and over): $8, Students (18 and over with valid ID): $8, Children: $5, Children 5 and under: Free, Active Military (with valid ID): Free, Members: Free
Collection Spotlight shares the histories and stories of the objects at the Concord Museum. On October 15th, explore the stone tools on our Native American Collection. Included with museum admission, members free.

A Tale of Two Gravestones: The Archeology of the Wayside

Date & Time: Saturday, October 22, 1-2pm
Location: 455 Lexington Road
Information: Alicia_Paresi@nps.gov
Sponsor: Minuteman National Historic Park, www.nps.gov/mima
Admission: Free
The Wayside, part of Minute Man National Historical Park, is called the "Home of the Authors" because of its famous residents (Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Harriet Lothrop). The archeological collection from the Wayside includes two 19th century gravestones that were discovered covering a well in 1966. Why were these stones atop a well instead of in a cemetery? Come hear Alicia Paresi, archeological curator for the National Park Service, discuss this mystery and more!

East Bridgewater

Lost at Sea: The Minot Light Underwater Archaeology Project

Date & Time: Thursday, October 13, 6:30pm
Location: East Bridgewater Public Library, 32 Union Street
Information: 508-378-1616
Sponsor: East Bridgewater Historical Commission, East Bridgewater Public Library
Admission: Free
The Minot Light Underwater Archaeology Project takes participants back to 1851 when "The Perfect Storm" of that era took down the original Spindle Minot Light with the loss of both lighthouse keepers. We follow the scientists as they search for and discover the remains of this historic light resting in over 40 feet of water off the coast of Cohasset and Scituate. Exclusive underwater photographs will show viewers how divers confirmed the location by comparing the images to lithographs from the designer of the 1851 lighthouse.

Hamilton

Maine's Malaga Island: Fragmented Lives

Date & Time: Thursday, October 20, 7-8:30pm
Location: Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union Street
Information: 978-468-5577, hwlibrary.org , jdempsey@mvlc.org
Sponsor: Hamilton-Wenham Public Library
Admission: Free
Learn about the history of Maine's Malaga Island, 42 acres of rocky and rugged coast that the Phippsburg mainlanders eyed for tourism development. Malaga was settled from 1860 until 1912, when the hardscrabble, interracial community of about 40 individuals was evicted, despite generations of having occupied the island. The residents dismantled and removed their own homes, leaving the school and cemetery to be relocated by the state. Kate McBrien explores the story using photographs and island artifacts

Haverhill

Tombstones & Trowels: A Family's Guide to New England Archaeology

Date & Time: Thursday, October 6, 3-6pm
Location: Buttonwoods Museum, 240 Water Street
Information: 978-374-4626, programs@buttonwoods.org
Sponsor: Buttonwoods Museum
Admission: $5 per person
Discover archaeology together at the Buttonwoods Museum! Try your hand at archaeological skills, like cross-mending and cleaning artifacts. A mock dig and spooky craft will prepare you for an exploration of above ground archaeology at the nearby Pentucket Burial Ground. With a scavenger hunt as your guide, explore how tombstones give vital clues about life and death long ago. Self-guided tours of the Luce Archaeology Collection will also be available.

Lowell

Middlesex Canal Bike Tour

Date & Time: Saturday, September 24, 9am
Location: Sullivan Square MBTA Station, Charlestown to Lowell
Information: Contact leader Bill Kuttner at 617-241-9383
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free (Return MBTA Commuter Rail fare is participants' responsibility)
Bike tour of historic Middlesex Canal Route (38 miles). Depart 9am from Charlestown (Sullivan T Station) to Lowell (MBTA Train Station). Return to Boston via commuter rail on 5pm train. Fare is your responsibility. Join or leave at several intermediate stopping points including Sandy Beach, Winchester; Kiwanis Park, Woburn; Wilmington MBTA Station; Middlesex Canal Museum near North Billerica MBTA Station. Google "Canal Ride Cue Sheet" for route description/details.

Marshfield

Archaeological Stories of Native American Persistence in Southern New England

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 26, 7-8:30pm
Location: Ventress Memorial Library, 15 Library Plaza, 1837 Ocean Street
Information: 781-834-5535, cwoods@ocln.org, www.ventresslibrary.org
Sponsor: Ventress Memorial Library
Admission: Free
Professor Stephen Silliman (Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Boston) will discuss his long-term archaeological research with the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation of southeastern Connecticut. This project involves working collaboratively with the Native community to both find and better tell archaeological histories from the 1600s to today - in particular, stories beyond "first encounters" and "war." Artifacts, houses, foods, and land reveal important stories of this community's cultural persistence over the last few centuries.

Mattapoisett

'Sea' Your Past

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 5, 6-7pm
Location: Mattapoisett Free Public Library, 7 Barstow Street
Information: 508-758-4171, rsmith@sailsinc.org
Sponsor: Mattapoisett Free Public Library
Admission: Free
Have you ever beachcombed at your local beach and discovered bits of glass or pottery? Do you think about how these found treasures can tell you something about your area's past? Your family can become amateur archaeologists by checking out the library's newest Moby (My own backyard) discovery pack that contains books and materials that appeal to children and adults alike. Learn how to identify the items and discover what they tell you about how people lived in the past.

Medford

Middlesex Canal Bike Tour

Date & Time: Saturday, September 24, 9am
Location: Sullivan Square MBTA Station, Charlestown to Lowell
Information: Contact leader Bill Kuttner at 617-241-9383
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free (Return MBTA Commuter Rail fare is participants' responsibility)
Bike tour of historic Middlesex Canal Route (38 miles). Depart 9am from Charlestown (Sullivan T Station) to Lowell (MBTA Train Station). Return to Boston via commuter rail on 5pm train. Fare is your responsibility. Join or leave at several intermediate stopping points including Sandy Beach, Winchester; Kiwanis Park, Woburn; Wilmington MBTA Station; Middlesex Canal Museum near North Billerica MBTA Station. Google "Canal Ride Cue Sheet" for route description/details.

Middleborough

Robbins Museum of Archaeology Open House

Date & Time: Wednesdays, 10am-4pm, and Saturdays, 10am-2pm, throughout October
Location: Robbins Museum of Archaeology, 17 Jackson Street
Information: info@massarchaeology.org
Sponsor: Robbins Museum of Archaeology, www.massarchaeology.org/museum
Admission: Adults: $5 donation, Children: $2, MAS Members: Free
Come visit over 10,000 years of local archaeology! The museum displays thousands of artifacts including a handcrafted mishoon (dugout canoe), the Doyle collection of Native American dolls, and a diorama of Native American New England life. We accept bookings for groups and offer special tours of our collection at a group admission rate.

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Battlefield Archaeology

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 12, 7pm
Location: Massachusetts Archaeological Society's Robbins Museum, 17 Jackson Street
Information: David Burbine: 781-264-8430, d.p.burbine@gmail.com
Sponsor: Massachusetts Archaeological Society - Southeast Chapter
Admission: Free
David J. Naumec will present an overview of the MPMRC facility and new, proven methods developed by the Research Department to identify any battlefield site in greater New England. The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center serves as a major resource on the histories and cultures of Native Americans in the northeast. The MPMRC is the largest Native American museum in the nation, measuring over 308,000 square-foot complex and housing a 16th century Algonquin village.

Massachusetts Archaeological Society Annual Meeting

Date & Time: Saturday, October 29, 9:30am -5pm
Location: Robbins Museum of Archaeology, 17 Jackson Street
Information: info@massarchaeology.org
Sponsor: Massachusetts Archaeological Society, www.massarchaeology.org
Admission: Adults: $12, MAS Members and Students: $10
The annual meeting of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society (MAS) will begin with the business portion in the morning, followed by a slate of presentations and papers in the afternoon. The papers will cover a wide range of interesting archaeological topics. Visit our website at www.massarchaeology.org for a full program description.

Newbury

Dirt Detectives

Date & Time: Weekdays throughout October, 9am-2pm
Location: Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little's Lane
Information: ashea@historicnewengland.org
Sponsor: Historic New England
Admission: School groups: $6 per student; minimum 10, maximum 50 students
Students become archaeologists as they search for artifacts and excavate a mock "pit" with the tools and techniques used in archaeology. Students collaborate as they piece together reproduction artifacts in a field laboratory. Inside the museum, students explore archaeology via artifacts found on the property, trap doors, and hidden spaces that reveal 300 years of history! Sessions are two hours in duration.

Newton

Digging for Evidence School Program

Date & Time: Call 617-796-1463 to schedule
Location: Jackson Homestead & Museum, 527 Washington Street
Information: 617-796-1450, historicnewton.org
Sponsor: Historic Newton
Admission: $3/students, chaperones free & $30 materials fee
Get your hands dirty! Students dig for artifacts in a mock archaeological dig to learn first-hand how archaeologists do the detective work of history. By practicing critical thinking and directed looking, students discover how we learn about people from the past from the objects they left behind. The program wraps up with students creating their own clay pot to take home. Recommended for grades 2-8, runs for 1-1/2 hours.

Digging for Evidence Family Program

Date & Time: Saturday, October 1, 1pm
Location: Jackson Homestead & Museum, 527 Washington Street
Information: 617-796-1450, historicnewton.org
Sponsor: Historic Newton
Admission: $5/person pre-register, $10/person day of (includes museum admission and materials)
Bring the whole family to dig for artifacts in a mock archaeological dig to learn first-hand how archaeologists do the detective work of history. See what archaeology can teach us about the Native American people who flourished in this area before European settlement by handling real projective points and stone tools. The program is appropriate for families with children ages 7 and up.

North Adams

Ancient Gardens

Date & Time: Saturday, October 1, 3pm
Location: Western Gateway Heritage State Park, Visitors Museum, Building 4, 115 State Street
Information: 413-663-6312
Sponsor: Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, MassParks
Admission: Free
This illustrated lecture will travel back in time to explore a variety of ancient gardens, their history, and the roles they played in many cultures. Green thumbs not a prerequisite.

Indus Valley Ancient Civilizations

Date & Time: Saturday, October 8, 3pm
Location: Western Gateway Heritage State Park, Visitors Museum, Building 4, 115 State Street
Information: 413-663-6312
Sponsor: Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, MassParks
Admission: Free
This illustrated lecture will journey back to the time and place of the ancient cities of the Indus Valley Civilization (2600-1900 BC). These cities in Pakistan and northwestern India represent one of the most important civilizations of their time. From their urban city planning to their mysterious writing, the Indus Valley offers a stimulation discussion on the emergence of early cities.

Oakham

Archaeology in Your Own Hands

Date & Time: Saturday, October 1, 2pm
Location: Lake Dean Campgrounds, 717 N. Brookfield Rd
Information: oakhamhistory.org
Sponsor: Oakham Historical Museum
Admission: Free
Kevin Quakenbush, former Trustee of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society, will do a presentation on prehistoric cultures in New England, using many authentic artifacts from Massachusetts. His hands-on approach to teaching inspires children of all ages to learn more about the lifestyles of the Native Americans who lived in their backyards for thousands of years.

Plymouth

Lunch and Learn with Dr. David Landon, UMass Boston's Fiske Center for Archaeological Research

Date & Time: Thursday, October 6, 12-1pm
Location: Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Ave
Information: www.plimoth.org
Sponsor: Plimoth Plantation
Admission: $8 (free for members, does not include regular museum admission: $28 adults, $16 children ages 5-12)
The summer of 2016 marked the fourth season of UMass Boston's archaeological exploration in downtown Plymouth. This talk provides an overview of the project to date, highlighting the ways archaeologists use artifacts and other clues to envision past landscapes. The wide range of artifacts and samples collected span the entire period from Native Patuxet through the 20th century, and help us understand the history of land use and the Town's changing environment.

Be an Archaeologist! Follow the Process from Dig to Display

Date & Time: Monday, October 17, 1-4pm; Tuesday, October 18, 10-1pm; Wednesday, October 19 & Thursday, October 20, 12-3pm
Location: Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Ave
Information: www.plimoth.org
Sponsor: Plimoth Plantation
Admission: $8 (free for members, does not include regular museum admission: $28 adults, $16 children ages 5-12)
Learn about the different stages of archaeology from excavating artifacts to displaying them in a museum. Join Plimoth Plantation Curator Dr. Kathryn Ness as she walks guests through the process using examples from the Museum's property and extensive archaeological collections.

Lunch and Learn with Jonathan Perry, Senior Cultural Resource Monitor for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)

Date & Time: Saturday, October 29, 12-1pm
Location: Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Ave
Information: www.plimoth.org
Sponsor: Plimoth Plantation
Admission: $8 (free for members, does not include regular museum admission: $28 adults, $16 children ages 5-12)
Jonathan Perry, Senior Cultural Resource Monitor for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), has over 10 years of experience in the historic preservation field with respect to Northeastern Native culture and heritage. Join us as he discusses his experiences working to preserve and protect Native sites and areas of cultural and historic importance.

Quincy

Lyons Turning Mill Site Tour

Date & Time: Saturday, October 15, 10am-3pm (Rain date is Saturday, October 22, 10am-3pm)
Location: Quarry Hills Drive off Ricciuti Drive
Information: 617-472-1322, quincyquarrymuseum@verizon.net
Sponsor: Quincy Quarry and Granite Workers Museum, www.quincyquarrymuseum.org
Admission: Free
This event consists of guided tours of the remains of the historic Lyons Turning Mill site and the surrounding Lyons Quarry area where artifacts of Quincy's granite industry can be seen. Interpretive information explaining the artifacts will be displayed. Informational tables will be set up with historical photos of Quincy's granite history. Also on display will be information on the proposed Quincy Quarry and Granite Workers Museum to be built on a portion of the mill site grounds.

Somerville

Middlesex Canal Bike Tour

Date & Time: Saturday, September 24, 9am
Location: Sullivan Square MBTA Station, Charlestown to Lowell
Information: Contact leader Bill Kuttner at 617-241-9383
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free (Return MBTA Commuter Rail fare is participants' responsibility)
Bike tour of historic Middlesex Canal Route (38 miles). Depart 9am from Charlestown (Sullivan T Station) to Lowell (MBTA Train Station). Return to Boston via commuter rail on 5pm train. Fare is your responsibility. Join or leave at several intermediate stopping points including Sandy Beach, Winchester; Kiwanis Park, Woburn; Wilmington MBTA Station; Middlesex Canal Museum near North Billerica MBTA Station. Google "Canal Ride Cue Sheet" for route description/details.

Springfield

Stones & Bones: The Art of Death in Ancient Greece

Date & Time: Thursday, October 13, 12:15pm
Location: Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Information: kguerin@springfieldmuseums.org, springfieldmuseums.org
Sponsor: Springfield Museums
Admission: $4 (does not include museum admission: $18 adults, $12 seniors, $9.50 ages 3-17, $12 students, free for children under 2)
What was important to ancient Greeks when it came to dying, burial, and immortality? Some answers can be found by taking a close look at the choice of scenes depicted on objects and monuments from the 8th to the 4th century BCE.

Sturbridge

Take a Closer Look: Historical Archaeology

Date & Time: Saturday, October 8, 10am
Location: Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd
Information: 1-800-733-1830, www.osv.org
Sponsor: Old Sturbridge Village
Admission: Adults: $24, Seniors: $22, Youths: $8, Children under 3: Free
Combining documentary research with archaeological excavation revealed how the land that became Old Sturbridge Village was used as the David Wight Farm for more than 150 years.

Sudbury

King Philip's War in Your Backyard

Date & Time: Daily throughout October. Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm, Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm
Location: Goodnow Library, 21 Concord Road, 2nd Floor Display Case by Reference Desk
Information: Contact Lee Swanson 978-460-0347, leeswanson@sudbury01776.org
Sponsor: Sudbury Historical Society
Admission: Free
Come view artifacts from King Phillip's War, which occurred over a 3 day period in 1676 in Sudbury.

Taunton

Kids Archaeology Day

Date & Time: Saturday, October 1, 1-3pm
Location: Old Colony History Museum, 66 Church Green
Information: 508-822-1622
Sponsor: Old Colony History Museum
Admission: Free; call 508-822-1622 to reserve a spot
Do you wonder how people lived hundreds or thousands of years ago? Come and learn about life long ago at our Archaeology Day event. See real artifacts from New England history and learn how archaeologists decipher our past. Kids will even get to try their hand at archaeology and take home their own treasures. Free and open to the public. Call the main office at 508-822-1622 to reserve your spot.

Tewksbury

Annual Cemetery Tour

Date & Time: Sunday, October 23, 2:30pm, rain date Sunday, October 30, 2:30 pm
Location: 192 East Street, Tewksbury Cemetery
Information: tewksburyhistoricalsociety.org
Sponsor: Tewksbury Historical Society
Admission: $5 for the public, free for members
The Tewksbury Historical Society will celebrate Archaeology Month with the 6th Annual Cemetery Tour, hosted by Kim Zunino, the Burial Grounds and Cemetery Expert.

Waltham

Archaeology "Take-a-Walk" Backpack

Date & Time: Mondays through Fridays 10am-3pm and Saturdays 12-3pm
Location: Gore Place, 52 Gore Street
Information: events@goreplace.org, www.goreplace.org/education/take-a-walk.htm
Sponsor: Gore Place
Admission: $5 per hour, per backpack
In honor of Archaeology Month, Gore Place is offering an archaeology themed backpack as part of the year-round "Take a Walk" activity. With it, children and their accompanying adults can explore the open spaces and hidden places on this 50 acre estate. Each backpack contains binoculars, a magnifying glass, and archaeology related activities appropriate for children ages 3-8.

Wayland

Sudbury Plantation: A Puritan History Not Fully Recorded

Date & Time: Saturday, October 15, 2pm
Location: Wayland Town Building, Large Hearing Room, 41 Cochituate Rd
Information: 508-358-4646
Sponsor: Wayland Historical Commission, Wayland Historical Society
Admission: Free
The town of Wayland was originally established as the Sudbury Plantation in 1638. There are unanswered questions when it comes to the history of North Cemetery and the surrounding land, the locations of Sudbury Plantation's first meetinghouses. Join presenter Salvatore Demaio as he gives an analysis of historical artifacts collected from a neighboring parcel, and discusses how they provide a broad range of dates and a historical glimpse of one property.

Wellfleet

Baker-Biddle House Archaeology Tour

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 26, 10am
Location: Meet at Atwood Higgins House parking lot at 269 Bound Brook Island Road
Information: Bill Burke, 508-255-3421 extension 0301
Sponsor: Cape Cod National Park Service
Admission: Free
Join Park Historian Bill Burke for a brief talk and walk through the Baker-Biddle House grounds to learn about the 2012 archaeological investigation of the site. The house, which dates from 1795, was recently acquired by the National Park Service. Subsequent archaeological investigations uncovered a rich collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts. Over 11,000 artifacts were recovered in the 2.5 acres surrounding the main house, including ceramics, shell, and stone tools from a prehistoric shell midden located adjacent to the main house.

West Bridgewater

Bridgewater During King Philip's War

Date & Time: Sunday, October 16, 1pm (Rain Date: Sunday, October 23, 1pm)
Location: Keith Parsonage, 162 Howard St
Information: G. Lott (Speaker) 508-498-1473 or S. Karol-Chik (Pres. of OBHS) 774-297-8743
Sponsor: Old Bridgewater Historical Society
Admission: Free, donations appreciated
Join independent researcher Gregory M. Lott at the Old Bridgewater Historical Society for a talk on King Philip's War and how it affected the Bridgewater area during 1675-1676. The talk will be followed by a tour of the historic 1662 Reverend James Keith parsonage with OBHS president, Shellie Karol-Chik.

Wilmington

Middlesex Canal Bike Tour

Date & Time: Saturday, September 24, 9am
Location: Sullivan Square MBTA Station, Charlestown to Lowell
Information: Contact leader Bill Kuttner at 617-241-9383
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free (Return MBTA Commuter Rail fare is participants' responsibility)
Bike tour of historic Middlesex Canal Route (38 miles). Depart 9am from Charlestown (Sullivan T Station) to Lowell (MBTA Train Station). Return to Boston via commuter rail on 5pm train. Fare is your responsibility. Join or leave at several intermediate stopping points including Sandy Beach, Winchester; Kiwanis Park, Woburn; Wilmington MBTA Station; Middlesex Canal Museum near North Billerica MBTA Station. Google "Canal Ride Cue Sheet" for route description/details.

Winchester

Middlesex Canal Bike Tour

Date & Time: Saturday, September 24, 9am
Location: Sullivan Square MBTA Station, Charlestown to Lowell
Information: Contact leader Bill Kuttner at 617-241-9383
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free (Return MBTA Commuter Rail fare is participants' responsibility)
Bike tour of historic Middlesex Canal Route (38 miles). Depart 9am from Charlestown (Sullivan T Station) to Lowell (MBTA Train Station). Return to Boston via commuter rail on 5pm train. Fare is your responsibility. Join or leave at several intermediate stopping points including Sandy Beach, Winchester; Kiwanis Park, Woburn; Wilmington MBTA Station; Middlesex Canal Museum near North Billerica MBTA Station. Google "Canal Ride Cue Sheet" for route description/details.

Walk Along Middlesex Canal

Date & Time: Sunday, October 16, 1:30pm
Location: Sandy Beach parking lot off of Mystic Valley Parkway, Winchester
Information: Robert Winters (robert@middlesexcanal.org), Roger Hagopian 781-861-7868, www.middlesexcanal.org
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association
Admission: Free
Joint MCA-AMC Middlesex Canal Fall Walk. Meet at 1:30 at the Sandy Beach parking lot off of Mystic Valley Parkway by Upper Mystic Lake in Winchester. Walk will follow the route of the Middlesex Canal through parts of Medford and Winchester. Wayside sites include the aqueduct and mooring basin, canal bed and berm visible off the parkway, and stone wall of Medford's Governor Brooks estate.

Woburn

Middlesex Canal Bike Tour

Date & Time: Saturday, September 24, 9am
Location: Sullivan Square MBTA Station, Charlestown to Lowell
Information: Contact leader Bill Kuttner at 617-241-9383
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free (Return MBTA Commuter Rail fare is participants' responsibility)
Bike tour of historic Middlesex Canal Route (38 miles). Depart 9am from Charlestown (Sullivan T Station) to Lowell (MBTA Train Station). Return to Boston via commuter rail on 5pm train. Fare is your responsibility. Join or leave at several intermediate stopping points including Sandy Beach, Winchester; Kiwanis Park, Woburn; Wilmington MBTA Station; Middlesex Canal Museum near North Billerica MBTA Station. Google "Canal Ride Cue Sheet" for route description/details.