Massachusetts Archaeology Month October 2013

Archaeology Month 2013 has ended, but please use this calendar of events as a reference. Many of our event sponsors host archaeological exhibits and programs throughout the year.

2013 Archaeology Month Poster

The 2013 Massachusetts Archaeology Month Poster

From the State Archaeologist

From the Secretary of the Commonwealth

Download the 2013 Calendar of Events (PDF)


Archaeology Month 2013 Event Information

Acton Dennis Peabody Wayland
Amesbury East Brookfield Pepperell Wilmington
Andover Easton Pittsfield Winchester
Barnstable Grafton Plymouth Woburn
Berkley Harvard Quincy Worcester
Billerica Haverhill Rockland
Boston Hull Rowe
Brewster Ipswich Salem
Bridgewater Lawrence Scituate
Cambridge Lowell Somerville
Chelmsford Medford S. Hadley
Chester Middleborough Springfield
Concord Milton Sturbridge
Danvers Newbury Truro
Deerfield North Adams Waltham

Event Listings

Listed alphabetically by town


Throughout Massachusetts

Archaeologist in the Classroom

Date & Time: Weekdays throughout October, by appointment
Location: Virtually, in your own classroom
Information: Jennifer.Poulsen@sec.state.ma.us
Sponsor: Massachusetts Historical Commission
Admission: Free
Schedule a virtual visit from a real archaeologist for your school classroom. Jennifer Poulsen, archaeologist at the Massachusetts Historical Commission, will be available for question and answer session for classrooms (suggested Grades 3 through 6). Students can learn about the difference between an archaeologist and a paleontologist, what tools archaeologists use, and what kind of work archaeologists do here in Massachusetts. Please contact to schedule a virtual visit and make arrangements for web-conferencing.

Acton

Reclaiming the Wampanoag Language

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 9, 7pm
Location: Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main Street
Information: www.actonmemoriallibrary.org/pinehawk
Sponsor: Friends of Pine Hawk
Admission: Free
Using the public television documentary “We Still Live Here” to provide background, MIT Professor Norvin Richards will discuss the effort to reinvigorate the Wampanoag language. Please confirm date and time at www.actonmemoriallibrary.org beforehand.

Discovering the Archaeology of Pine Hawk

Date & Time: Thursday, October 10, 3–4:30pm
Location: Science Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street
Information: 978-264-4200 x20, dleblanc@discoverymuseums.org
Sponsor: The Discovery Museums, www.discoverymuseums.org
Admission: $11
Native Americans lived along the Assabet River in Acton more than 7,000 years ago. See replicas of the artifacts uncovered by archaeologists at the Pine Hawk site. Archaeologist Craig Chartier will demonstrate the art and science of stone knapping. Try hands-on activities to learn how archaeologists uncover and interpret important clues to the past.

From Pine Hawk to Trail through Time, 15 Years of Revealing Our Past

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 15, 7pm
Location: Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main Street
Information: www.actonmemoriallibrary.org/pinehawk
Sponsor: Friends of Pine Hawk
Admission: Free
Speaker Doug Halley will cover the discovery of Pine Hawk, the setting of the site, the archaeological dig, the artifacts found, and the archaeological significance of Pine Hawk. The talk will also include how this project activated an increased interest in historical preservation which led to the formation of the Friends of Pine Hawk, the creation of the Pine Hawk display, the mapping of significant archaeological areas, and the work of Trail Through Time. Please confirm time and date at www.actonmemoriallibrary.org beforehand.

Junior Archaeologists’ Walk

Date & Time: Thursday, October 17, 2pm
Location: Meet at the end of Wheeler Lane
Information: www.actonmemoriallibrary.org/pinehawk
Sponsor: Friends of Pine Hawk
Admission: Free
Linda McElroy leads this year’s Junior Archaeology walk, which will focus on some of the Native American sites. The walk is about a half mile. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Good walking shoes are necessary. Rain date is Thursday, October 24. Please confirm date and time at www.actonmemoriallibrary.org beforehand.

Documentary Film: Deepwater Wind — Block Island

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 23, 7pm
Location: Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main Street
Information: www.actonmemoriallibrary.org/pinehawk
Sponsor: Friends of Pine Hawk
Admission: Free
Peabody award winning filmmaker Ted Timreck again comes to Acton to show his latest work about the collaboration between Native preservationists, scientists, and the Deepwater Wind Corporation. Together, these team members are working to develop the protocols that will facilitate the underwater exploration for submerged cultural resources that may be found along southern New England’s continental shelf with the construction of off-shore wind turbines. Please confirm time and date at www.actonmemoriallibrary.org beforehand.

Archaeology Walk

Date & Time: Saturday, October 26, 10am
Location: Meet at the end of Wheeler Lane
Information: www.actonmemoriallibrary.org/pinehawk
Sponsor: Friends of Pine Hawk
Admission: Free
Linda McElroy leads this year’s Archaeology Walk along a portion of the Trail Through Time. She will focus on research updates to our understanding of the Robbins Mill site; research on a newly identified site (the Old Road to Concord). Rain date is Saturday, November 2. Please confirm time and date at www.actonmemoriallibrary.org beforehand.

Book Discussion: Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

Date & Time: Monday, October 28, 7pm
Location: Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main Street
Information: www.actonmemoriallibrary.org/pinehawk
Sponsor: Friends of Pine Hawk
Admission: Free
The book imagines the life of Caleb Cheeshahteaumauk, the first Native American to graduate from Harvard. The story is told by Bethia Mayfield, the daughter of a preacher who traveled from England to Martha’s Vineyard to try to bring Christianity to the Native Americans. In 1660, when Bethia is 12, the family takes Caleb, a Wampanoag Indian, into their home to prepare him for boarding school. Books will be available at the library’s circulation desk beginning October 1. Please confirm time and date at www.actonmemoriallibrary.org beforehand.

Amesbury

Introduction to New England Stone Structures

Date & Time: Monday, October 21, 6:30–8pm
Location: Amesbury Public Library, 149 Main Street
Information: 978-388-8148, mwalker@mvlc.org
Sponsor: Amesbury Public Library, www.amesburylibrary.org
Admission: Free
Northeastern Massachusetts has an abundance of historic and prehistoric stone structures. Some are familiar like stone walls, house cellars, and wells while others are unfamiliar like stone cairns, silver mines, and quarried boulders with strange tool marks. This presentation will explore the diversity of stone structures and other stone working activity which can be found locally on conservation land, old farms, and even in your backyard. It will focus on how to identify them, explain who built them, and discuss their purpose.

Andover

Massachusetts Archaeological Society Northeast Chapter Monthly Meeting

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 15, 7pm
Location: Robert S. Peabody Museum, 175 Main Street
Information: www.massarchaeology.org
Sponsor: Massachusetts Archaeological Society, Northeast Chapter
Admission: Free
Join the MAS Northeast Chapter for one of its free monthly meetings at the R.S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology on the campus of Phillips Academy in Andover. Hear scholars and experts speak about new research on archaeological topics from across the globe. We meet at 7pm on the third Tuesday of the month from September through May. See our website or Facebook page for more information. Or, sign up for our e-newsletter by sending us an email to gogreen@massarchaeology.org.

Archaeology Open House

Date & Time: Saturday, October 19, 1–4pm
Location: Robert S. Peabody Museum, 175 Main Street
Information: Lesley Shabazian at 978-749-4490, lshabazian@andover.edu
Sponsor: Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology, www.andover.edu/museums/museumofarchaeology/
Admission: Free
The Robert S. Peabody Museum will host an archaeology open house where visitors can tour our two small exhibit galleries featuring highlights from the Museum’s collection of over 500,000 Native American artifacts.

Barnstable

ARTifacts: Ceramic Reconstruction for Young Archaeologists

Date & Time: Thursday, October 10, 3:30–4:30pm
Location: Sturgis Library, 3090 Main Street (Route 6A)
Information: 508-362-6636, sturgiskids@comcast.net
Sponsor: Sturgis Library, www.sturgislibrary.org
Admission: Free
Come join us for an indoor Shoebox Dig! Teams will excavate pottery sherds and attempt to reassemble their finds. The completed “artifacts” will be displayed in the library for the month of October. Kids of all ages welcome!

Berkley

Archaeology Day at DRSP... “So You Want To Be an Archaeologist?”

Date & Time: Sunday, October 13, 12–4pm
Location: Dighton Rock State Park, Bay View Avenue
Information: 617-626-1377, Ellen.Berkland@state.ma.us
Sponsor: Department of Conservation and Recreation
Admission: Free
Get your hands dirty with the DCR archaeologist. A brief introduction to the science of archaeology will set the stage for a day of digging, washing, recording, mapping, cataloguing and much more! Bring water and work gloves. Weather dependent: Call event line at 508-644-5522 for cancellation information.

Billerica

Middlesex Canal Museum Artifact Displays

Date & Time: Saturdays and Sundays throughout October
Location: Middlesex Canal Museum, 71 Falkner Street
Information: 978-670-2740, jj@middlesexcanal.org
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free
New exhibits at the Middlesex Canal Museum will include the shovel used to turn the first shovelful of earth at the beginning of construction in 1793, and a towing mast used on a canal boat. In addition, there will be a continuing exhibit of the Charlestown dry dock construction models on loan from the Baldwin family.

Bike Tour of Middlesex Canal

Date & Time: Saturday, October 5, 9am–5pm
Location: Boston to Lowell, see below
Information: 617-628-6320, dick.bauer@alum.mit.edu
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free
The historic Middlesex Canal is part of Billerica. The 11th Annual Bike Tour of the canal will pass through Billerica, visiting the Canal Museum. Google “canal ride cue sheet” and choose a convenient location to join the tour. Use the Lowell train (www.mbta.com) which parallels the canal to get to or return to your start location. Begins in Charlestown at 9am, Billerica at 3pm, and Lowell at 5pm.

Middlesex Canal Association Fall Meeting and Lecture

Date & Time: Sunday, October 27, 1pm
Location: Middlesex Canal Museum, 71 Falkner Street
Information: 978-670-2740, jj@middlesexcanal.org
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free
Fall meeting and lecture on a subject related to the canal era. Guest speaker and topic to be determined. Details will be posted at www.middlesexcanal.org.

Boston

History Beneath Our Feet

Date & Time: Weekdays throughout October
Location: 33 Shirley Street, Shirley-Eustis House, Carriage House Learning Center, Roxbury
Information: 617-442-2275, governorshirley@gmail.com
Sponsor: The Shirley-Eustis House, www.shirleyeustishouse.org
Admission: Adult: $4, Student: $3, Teachers: Free
Students participate in a miniature archaeological dig using sandboxes, artifacts, archaeological tools and the methods of archaeological science to help them experience and explain that history includes the study of past human culture based on available evidence from a variety of sources. Grade-specific learning for Grade 3 through diploma, but informative and engaging for all learners. Please call or email to book this event. This program can be presented to groups with a limit of 26. This program travels to your classroom with ease.

City of Boston Archaeology Lab Open House

Date & Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout October, 9am–5pm
Location: City Archive Building, 201 Rivermoor Street, West Roxbury
Information: 617-635-3850, joseph.bagley@cityofboston.gov
Sponsor: City of Boston Landmarks Commission/Environment Department, www.cityofboston.gov/archaeology
Admission: Free
Join City Archaeologist, Joe Bagley, for a tour of the City Archaeology Lab. The Lab is the location of nearly 2,000 boxes of archaeological artifacts from many sites around Boston, the artifact processing lab where over 1,000,000 objects are cataloged and identified, and the City Archaeology Museum where five display cases feature artifacts in the collection (See “Privies to the Past” event). Collections in the lab include the Paul Revere House, Faneuil Hall, Boston Common, Charlestown Big Dig, and many others. No appointment necessary. Groups are welcome, but please call ahead. This event is unavailable on Tuesday, October 10. The remainder of the days will be open as scheduled.

Museum Exhibit: “Privies to the Past: 17th and 18th Century Privy Deposits from Charlestown’s City Square Archaeological District”

Date & Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout October, 9am–5pm
Location: City Archive Building, 201 Rivermoor Street, West Roxbury
Information: 617-635-3850, joseph.bagley@cityofboston.gov
Sponsor: City of Boston Landmarks Commission/ Environment Department, www.cityofboston.gov/archaeology
Admission: Free
Come view the artifacts recovered from the five intact privies (outhouses) excavated from Charlestown’s City Square Archaeological District. Dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, these intact deposits provide incredible information about the Three Cranes Tavern, the cultural center of Charlestown. Artifacts include plates, food remains, bottles, and a large collection of redware vessels made in Charlestown by Grace Parker and the Parker-Harris Pottery. This event is unavailable on Tuesday, October 10. The remainder of the days will be open as scheduled.

Rethinking the Role of Women in Biblical Israel

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 2, 7:30pm
Location: Museum of Science, Boston, 1 Science Park
Information: www.mos.org
Sponsor: Museum of Science, Boston
Admission: $15
Was Israelite society really patriarchal? What stand did early religions take on female enslavement? Was Mary Magdalene an apostle of Jesus or possibly even his wife? Modern technologies have revealed details of ancient documents that are shedding new light on the role of women at the time of the Dead Sea Scrolls. How is this new information changing our understanding of Judaism and Christianity? Engage in a thought-provoking conversation as we rethink the position of women, the beginning and development of the two religions, and the shifts in contemporary faith that may result from these fresh insights. Tickets on sale beginning Thursday, August 22. Purchase tickets in advance at mos.org/events.

Walking Tour of Spectacle Island

Date & Time: Friday, October 4, 12–1:30pm
Location: Spectacle Island Visitors Center, Boston Harbor Island
Information: 617-626-1377 Ellen.Berkland@state.ma.us
Sponsor: Department of Conservation and Recreation
Admission: Free
Join DCR archaeologist, Ellen Berkland, for a walking tour of archaeological sites on Spectacle Island. Learn about the unique archaeology of this Boston Harbor Island. Weather dependent: Call event line at 508-644-5522 for cancellation information.

Middlesex Canal Bike Ride

Date & Time: Saturday, October 5, 9am
Location: Begin in Charlestown at the Sullivan subway station and follow the canal’s route to Lowell
Information: 978-670-2740
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free
Bike tour of the historic Middlesex Canal route. Departs at 9am from Charlestown (Sullivan Square T Station) to Lowell (MBTA train station), approximately 38 miles. Return to Boston via commuter rail on the 5pm train. Fare is your responsibility. Join or leave at several intermediate stopping points including Sandy Beach, Winchester; Kiwanis Park, Woburn; Wilmington MBTA station; and Middlesex Canal Museum near North Billerica MBTA station. Google “canal ride cue sheet” for route description and details.

History Beneath Our Feet

Date & Time: Saturday, October 5, 1–4pm
Location: 33 Shirley Street, Shirley-Eustis House, Carriage House Learning Center, Roxbury
Information: 617-442-2275, governorshirley@gmail.com
Sponsor: The Shirley-Eustis House, www.shirleyeustishouse.org
Admission: Adult: $5, Student: $4
This program will sharpen students’ historical inquiry, analysis, and interpretation skills by conducting a miniature archaeological dig based on the methods and vocabulary of archaeological science. Artifacts contain clues to their manufacture, date of origin, and use. To decipher the clues one needs to ask questions about the size, shape, color, material, and decoration of the artifact. After participants learn these basic skills, we will then use them in a real archaeological dig at the Shirley-Eustis House. Rain date is Saturday, October 12. Grade-specific learning for Grade 3 through diploma, but informative and engaging for all learners. Please call or email to make a reservation for this event.

Dorchester Farm Day: Above and Below the Clapp Family Privy

Date & Time: Sunday, October 6, please visit website for time
Location: William Clapp House and Barn, 195 Boston Street, Dorchester
Information: www.dorchesterhistoricalsociety.org
Sponsor: Dorchester Historical Society
Admission: Free
Join City Archaeologist, Joe Bagley, and state Archaeological Collections Manager, Jen Poulsen (caretakers at the Clapp House) at the Clapp family privy during the annual Farm Day event. The Clapp family privy is one of the few remaining privies still standing in Boston. Above, see the four seats for the family and learn about privies in the 17th through 19th centuries in Boston. And below, take a peek inside and hear about how archaeologists interpret these features. Other events at Farm Day include animals, cider pressing, and doll making.

Walking Tour: Archaeology of Boston Common

Date & Time: Monday, October 7, 11am–12pm
Location: Boston Common, Meet at the frog statues on the Frog Pond
Information: 617-635-3850, joseph.bagley@cityofboston.gov
Sponsor: City of Boston Landmarks Commission/ Environment Department, www.cityofboston.gov/archaeology
Admission: Free
Step back in time with Joe Bagley, City Archaeologist, as you walk through over 7,000 years of human history on Boston Common. Tour topics include Native American camps, Revolutionary War encampments, political rallies, executions, and cows.

Influence of the Dead Sea Scrolls on Modern Technology

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 9, 7:30pm
Location: Museum of Science, Boston, 1 Science Park
Information: www.mos.org
Sponsor: Museum of Science, Boston
Admission: $15
The Dead Sea Scrolls have been described as the most important archaeological discovery of the 20th century. How have the scrolls changed our understanding of the Bible? Join two renowned scholars in a discussion of how the scrolls have altered the way we look at ancient Judaism and the Bible, and the significance of the scrolls to the Jewish and Christian religions. Tickets on sale beginning Thursday, August 22. Purchase tickets in advance at mos.org/events.

Spotlight Tour: Conservation of Etruscan Sarcophagi

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 9, Tours begin at 6pm, 6:30pm, and 7:15pm
Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Gallery 117
Information: www.mfa.org/collections/conservation/conservationinaction_etruscansarcophagi
Sponsor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Admission: Voluntary contribution on Wednesdays after 4pm
Join ART conservators on a behind-the-scenes tour. Hear how conservators, curators, engineers, and scientists are working together to improve the stability and appearance of two elaborately carved sarcophagi (coffins) from the 4th and 3rd centuries B.C. The sarcophagi were discovered in Vulci (Italy) in the 1840’s and have been on display at the MFA since the 1880’s. Each tour is limited to 10 people; tickets will be distributed in Gallery 117 starting at 5:45pm.

Spotlight Tour: Conservation of a Mosaic from Antioch

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 9, Tours begin at 6:15pm, 6:30pm, and 7:15pm (15 minutes each)
Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Gallery 213
Information: www.mfa.org
Sponsor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Admission: Voluntary contribution on Wednesdays after 4pm
Learn about the 3 year process to conserve and install a 3rd century AD Roman mosaic depicting cupids riding dolphin in a sea filled with marine life. Excavated from the House of the Drinking Contest at the site of ancient Antioch in southeastern Turkey in the 1930’s, this mosaic had never before been exhibited. Its crumbling, iron-reinforced concrete backing was removed and replaced, the decorative surface cleaned and restored. The three sections have now been reunited for the first time since it was excavated.

The [Potential] Archaeology of Allston Brighton

Date & Time: October 10, 7pm
Location: Brighton Allston Congregational Church, 404 Washington Street
Information: joseph.bagley@cityofboston.gov, www.bahistory.org
Sponsor: Brighton Allston Historical Society and City of Boston Landmarks Commission/ Environment Department, www.cityofboston.gov/archaeology
Admission: Free
Due to recent discoveries at the Benjamin Faneuil Estate in Brighton, City Archaeologist Joe Bagley will explore the neighborhoods of Brighton/Allston to discuss the potential for archaeological discoveries in this important region of Boston. The talk will focus on open park land, urban wilds, and the early farms, houses, and public spaces of Brighton.

Walking Tour of Spectacle Island

Date & Time: Friday, October 11, 12–1:30pm
Location: Spectacle Island Visitors Center, Boston Harbor Island
Information: 617-626-1377 Ellen.Berkland@state.ma.us
Sponsor: Department of Conservation and Recreation
Admission: Free
Join DCR archaeologist, Ellen Berkland, for a walking tour of archaeological sites on Spectacle Island. Learn about the unique archaeology of this Boston Harbor Island. Weather dependent: Call event line at 508-644-5522 for cancellation information.

7th Annual AIA-MOS Archaeology Fair

Date & Time: Friday, October 18, 9am–2pm and Saturday October 19, 10am–3pm
Location: Museum of Science, 1 Science Park
Information: klindberg@aia.bu.edu
Sponsor: Archaeological Institute of America, www.archaeological.org
Admission: Free with Admission to the Museum of Science
The Archaeological Institute of American and the Museum of Science are teaming up to host their 7th Annual Archaeology Fair! Join us and other local organizations for two days of archaeological discovery. Uncover your inner Indiana Jones as you learn about past cultures, try hands-on activities, and watch live demonstrations.

World Heritage Sites of Asia: Talks on the Great Civilizations of the East

Date & Time: Saturday, October 19, 10am–2pm
Location: International Center for East Asian Archaeology and Cultural History, 650 Beacon Street, 5th Floor
Information: 617-358-8000, asianarc@bu.edu
Sponsor: International Center for East Asian Archaeology and Cultural History, www.bu.edu/asianarc
Admission: Free
The ancient civilizations of Asia form a rich mosaic of cultures that spanned from the Central Asian deserts to the Polynesian Islands. The students of ICEAACH will present several of the major archaeological sites from across Asia in what will be a fun and educational introduction to the region. Please join us for interactive presentations and hands-on activities where we explore places like Borobudur, Ankor, and the tomb of the first emperor of the Qin.

19th Century Egypt in 3D: A Victorian Trip up the Nile

Date & Time: Saturday, October 19, 11:30am and 2pm
Location: Museum of Science, 1 Science Park
Information: 617-783-0737, www.photoarchive3d.org
Sponsor: Ancient Egypt Research Associates, www.aeraweb.org
Admission: Free with admission
A special 3D presentation of historical stereoviews of Egypt, with an emphasis on aspects of Egyptian monuments and ways of life that have changed since the 19th century. This is a travelogue-style Nile tour solely using 1856-1881 stereophotographs. These represent the highest artistic and technical achievements in 19th century stereophotography and the views of Egypt, especially those made on glass, were considered near wonders in their day. These Egyptian sites have changed in the intervening 150 years and some have disappeared. All images are fresh digitizations of rare original photographs projected as they were intended to be seen, in 3D.

Archaeology Day!

Date & Time: Sunday, October 20, 12–4pm
Location: Gabel Museum, Room 253, 675 Commonwealth Avenue
Information: sbelkin@bu.edu, www.bu.edu/archaeology/home
Sponsor: Boston University, Department of Archaeology
Admission: Free
Learn about the practice of archaeology from real BU archaeologists! Plus hands-on archaeological activities like flintknapping, ceramic cross-mending, and identification of ancient plants. Fun for all ages!

Walking Tour: Archaeology of the North End

Date & Time: Monday, October 28, 11am–12pm
Location: Meet at the Samuel Adams statue in front of Faneuil Hall
Information: 617-635-3850, joseph.bagley@cityofboston.gov
Sponsor: City of Boston Landmarks Commission/ Environment Department, www.cityofboston.gov/archaeology
Admission: Free
As we journey from Faneuil Hall to the Paul Revere house we will explore the ancient shoreline of Boston, the back alleys of the Blackstone Block, 17th-century divorce, the history of bowling, and Paul Revere’s outhouse. Tour is led by Joe Bagley, City Archaeologist.

Brewster

CCMNH Archaeology Laboratory Open House and Artifact Identification

Date & Time: Saturday, October 5, 11am–3pm
Location: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main Street/Route 6A
Information: 508-896-3867 x133, www.ccmnh.org
Sponsor: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Admission: Free with Admission to the Museum (Adults: $10, Seniors: $7, Children ages 3-12: $5, Children under 3: Free)
Join archaeologist Dr. Fred Dunford for a tour of the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History’s Archaeology Lab. View artifacts from local excavations (including the latest from the Wing Island Archaeology Project), and learn about the archaeology of the area. Visitors can also bring artifacts from Cape Cod for identification by Dr. Dunford.

Wing Island Archaeology Project Update

Date & Time: Friday, October 11, 10am
Location: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main Street/Route 6A
Information: 508-896-3867 x133, www.ccmnh.org
Sponsor: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Admission: Free with Admission to the Museum (Adults: $10, Seniors: $7, Children ages 3-12: $5, Children under 3: Free)
Join local archaeologist Dr. Fred Dunford for an informative and informal talk detailing the latest news and findings from the Wing Island Archaeology Project.

Native Villages in Southeastern Massachusetts: New Evidence from the Taylor Bray Farm

Date & Time: Thursday, October 17, 11am
Location: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main Street/Route 6A
Information: 508-896-3867 x133, www.ccmnh.org
Sponsor: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Admission: Free with Admission to the Museum (Adults: $10, Seniors: $7, Children ages 3-12: $5, Children under 3: Free)
Archaeologist Craig Chartier will discuss his excavations at Taylor Bray Farm in Yarmouth. His site examination in 2012 has revealed new evidence about the Native community that lived in the area when the first Europeans began to settle in the 1640’s, as well as what a typical village may have been like. He will also discuss new information about why it has been difficult for past archaeologists to positively identify Native village locations.

Wing Island Archaeology Project Guided Walk

Date & Time: Saturday, October 26, 11:30am
Location: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main Street/Route 6A
Information: 508-896-3867 x133, www.ccmnh.org
Sponsor: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Admission: CCMNH Members: $3, Non-members: $5
Join archaeologist Dr. Fred Dunford for a guided walk of Wing Island, the location of the Wing Island Archaeology Project. Learn what the island was used for in the past, and what new discoveries have been made.

Bridgewater

CANCELLED Archaeology Canoe and Kayak Tour of the Taunton River

Date & Time: Saturday, October 5, 9:30am (Rain date Saturday, October 12)
Location: Put in will be from the Town River, a tributary of the Taunton River. Precise location TBA based on stream flow
Information: 508-828-1101, www.savethetaunton.org
Sponsor: The Taunton River Watershed Alliance and the Massachusetts Archaeological Society
Admission: Non-members: $30, TRWA and MAS members: $20, and Children under 12: $10. Fee includes lunch.
The Taunton River was known as the “Great River” by native people. The river provided important natural resources and many Native Americans made their home along the river. Learn about the history and archaeology of the river in this tour led by Dr. Curtiss Hoffman, a Bridgewater State University anthropology professor.

Cambridge

Amazing Archaeology at Harvard

Date & Time: Saturday, October 5, 12–4pm
Location: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, 11 Divinity Street
Information: 617-495-1027
Sponsor: Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, hmsc.harvard.edu
Admission: Free with Museum admission (Adults: $12, Seniors: $10, Children ages 3-18: $8)
Join us for a day of archaeological exploration drawn from work at Harvard. Take an immersive 3D tour of the pyramids and tombs of Giza. Try archaeological illustration and sketch real Maya glyphs. Attend a mini talk on excavations at the oldest institution of higher learning in the US. View Egyptian mummy coffins. Examine the earliest forms of writing on ancient clay tablets. Reassemble animal skeletons. Experience the world-famous collections of North America, Maya, and Ancient Near East archaeology held by the Semitic and Peabody museums. Visit hmsc.harvard.edu for details and $1 off admission discount.

Changing the Narrative: American Indians and American Cultural Myth

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 9, 6pm
Location: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, 11 Divinity Avenue
Information: www.peabody.harvard.edu/calendar
Sponsor: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University and the Harvard University Native American Program
Admission: Free
Join Kevin Gover, a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and director of the National Museum of the American Indian since 2007 for a public lecture and reception. He is a former professor of law at Arizona State University and was the co-executive director of the ASU American Indian Policy Institute. He also served as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of the Interior from 1997–2000.

Zooarchaeology Laboratory Open House

Date & Time: Monday, October 14, 12–4:30pm
Location: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, 11 Divinity Avenue
Information: 617-495-1027
Sponsor: Peabody Museum, part of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, hmsc.harvard.edu
Admission: Free with Museum admission (Adults: $12, Seniors: $10, Children ages 3-18: $8)
Take a behind-the-scenes visit to a museum laboratory that helps archaeologists identify the animal bones found in their excavations. Researchers who study animal remains from ancient human-occupation sites (zooarchaeologists) demonstrate how this is done using the skeletons of modern animals. If you have found a bone in your backyard, bring it with you and get it identified! A favorite archaeology event for children and for home-schoolers! Appointment not required.

Discovering the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti’s Artist: The Tomb of Thutmose at Saqqara

Date & Time: Thursday, October 17, 6pm
Location: Yenching Auditorium, 2 Divinity Avenue, Reception follows in the Harvard Semitic Museum
Information: www.hmsc.harvard.edu
Sponsor: Harvard Semitic Museum
Admission: Free
In December 1912, German excavators found the famous painted bust of Queen Nefertiti in the workshop of an ancient artist named Thutmose. Until now, this iconic masterpiece was only dubiously linked to him. The recent discovery of Thutmose’s tomb at Saqqara, however, has changed this thinking. Alan Zivie, Egyptologist and Director of the French Archaeological Mission of the Bubasteion, will reveal why Thutmose may be a true "Egyptian Michelangelo."

Chelmsford

Bike Tour of Middlesex Canal

Date & Time: Saturday, October 5, 9am–5pm
Location: Boston to Lowell, see below
Information: 617-628-6320, dick.bauer@alum.mit.edu
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free
The historic Middlesex Canal is part of Chelmsford. The 11th Annual Bike Tour of the canal will pass through Chelmsford. Google “canal ride cue sheet” and choose a convenient location to join the tour. Use the Lowell train (www.mbta.com) which parallels the canal to get to or return to your start location. Begins in Charlestown at 9am, Canal Museum in Billerica at 3pm, and Lowell at 5pm.

Exploring Our Own Stone Walls

Date & Time: Sunday, October 13, 2–5pm
Location: “Old Chelmsford” Garrison House, 105 Garrison Road
Information: 978-256-8832
Sponsor: “Old Chelmsford” Garrison House Association
Admission: Free
Learn about the different types of stone walls in Massachusetts. Walk with us as we learn about the walls at the Garrison House (circa 1691).

Chester

Gems of the Valley

Date & Time: Saturday, October 19, 10am–2pm
Location: Hamilton Memorial Library, 195 Rt. 20
Information: 413-354-7808, chesterlibrary@gmail.com
Sponsor: Hamilton Memorial Library
Admission: Free
The Hamilton Memorial Library houses an amazing collection of minerals and gemstones from around the world. We invite the public to see what an impressive collection we have. John Marge will be on hand to discuss the stones and their history and answer questions.

Concord

Highlights from the Archaeology Collection at Minute Man National Historic Park

Date & Time: Saturday, October 5, 1pm
Location: Major John Buttrick House, Minute Man National Historical Park, 231 Liberty Street
Information: Alicia_Paresi@nps.gov
Sponsor: Minute Man National Historical Park, www.nps.gov/mimia/
Admission: Free
Over a quarter million artifacts have been recovered from archaeological excavations at Minute Man National Historical Park. The collection includes objects from the late 17th through the early 20th centuries, as well as earlier Native American artifacts. Through historical records artifacts from many sites can be related to specific families and to homes that are no longer standing. A range of objects will be presented including everyday household items such as spoons and forks, children’s toys, hand tools, ceramic tankards and plates, and objects of personal adornment such as buckles and wig curlers. Join Alicia Paresi, Curator of Archaeology for the National Park Service, for a presentation on highlights from the park’s archaeological collections. Selected pieces from the museum collection will be on display during the presentation. Due to government shutdown this event is cancelled.

Danvers

Rebecca Nurse Homestead Archaeology Exhibit

Date & Time: Saturdays and Sundays throughout October, 10am–3pm
Location: Rebecca Nurse Homestead, 149 Pine Street
Information: 978-774-8799, www.rebeccanurse.org
Sponsor: Rebecca Nurse Homestead
Admission: Adults: $7, Seniors: $5, Children (ages 6-16): $4
The new archaeology exhibit at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead will feature work led by Professor Nate Hamilton of the University of Southern Maine, with help from students at the Phillips Academy in Andover. Artifacts recovered from the excavation on this property reveal what daily life was like at this home for centuries. They include ancient Native American artifacts, remains from very early European settlers, and even objects left behind by early 20th century tourists.

MAS Northeast Chapter Atlatl Day

Date & Time: Saturday, October 12, 10am–3pm
Location: Rebecca Nurse Homestead, 149 Pine Street
Information: www.rebeccanurse.org, www.massarchaeology.org
Sponsor: Massachusetts Archaeological Society, Northeast Chapter
Admission: Adults: $7, Seniors 65 and over: $5, Children ages 6-16: $4, Children under 6: Free, In addition to regular admission there is a $5 fee for “Mammoth Hunting Permit” to try atlatl target throwing
Try your hand at ancient hunting practices! The technique of using an atlatl or dart throwing stick is an ancient and global technology. Join the MAS and Nurse Homestead for a day of fun and learning about archaeology and history! Displays and vendors add to the excitement. Heavy rain cancels. See MAS Northeast Chapter Facebook page for updates or sign up for our newsletter at gogreen@massarchaeology.org.

Deerfield

Archaeological Tour of Deerfield Village

Date & Time: Saturday, October 19, 10am-11:30pm
Location: Visitor Center at Hall Tavern at Historic Deerfield, 80 Old Main Street
Information: 413-775-7217, ccarlson@historic-deerfield.org, www.historic-deerfield.org
Sponsor: Historic Deerfield, Western Massachusetts Chapter of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society, and Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
Admission: Free
Join Dr. Robert Paynter from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on a walking tour highlighting archaeological research in the town of Deerfield.

Old Burying Ground Tour

Date & Time: Saturday, October 19, 11:30am-12:30pm
Location: Old Burying Ground, at the end of Albany Road
Information: 413-775-7217, ccarlson@historic-deerfield.org, www.historic-deerfield.org
Sponsor: Historic Deerfield, Western Massachusetts Chapter of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society, and Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
Admission: Free
Join Claire Carlson, Education Program Coordinator at Historic Deerfield, for a tour of the Old Burying Ground on Albany Road. The tour will highlight the unique and special gravestones of this 18th-century burying ground.

Taylor's Fort and Sanford Tavern Artifact Display

Date & Time: Saturday, October 19, 11am-4pm
Location: Visitor Center at Hall Tavern at Historic Deerfield, 80 Old Main Street
Information: 413-775-7217, ccarlson@historic-deerfield.org, www.historic-deerfield.org
Sponsor: Historic Deerfield, Western Massachusetts Chapter of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society, and Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
Admission: Free
Come see artifacts and learn about these two important historic sites from Western MA!

Interactive Mock Dig for Children

Date & Time: Saturday, October 19, 11am-4pm
Location: The Indian House Memorial Children's Museum, 117 Main Street
Information: 413-775-7217, ccarlson@historic-deerfield.org, www.historic-deerfield.org
Sponsor: Historic Deerfield, Western Massachusetts Chapter of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society, and Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
Admission: Free
This free, interactive archaeology dig for children will be led by archaeologist Dr. Aaron Miller and members of the Sanford Tavern Archaeology Excavation and Education Project.

Lecture on the Pocumtuck Fort Site

Date & Time: Sunday, October 20, 2pm
Location: Visitor Center at Hall Tavern at Historic Deerfield, 80 Old Main Street
Information: 413-775-7217, ccarlson@historic-deerfield.org, www.historic-deerfield.org
Sponsor: Historic Deerfield, Western Massachusetts Chapter of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society, and Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
Admission: Free
Come join us for an illustrated slide lecture given by Dr. Elizabeth Chilton, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Dr. Siobhan Hart, Binghamton University about the Pocumtuck Fort Site in Deerfield.

Dennis

Archaeology at the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date & Time: Saturday, October 5, 11am
Location: Dennis Public Library
Information: 508-760-6219, den_mail@clamsnet.org
Sponsor: Dennis Public Library
Admission: Free
Archaeologists recently discovered a significant site at the Cape Cod National Seashore, in a remote corner of Bound Brook Island in Wellfleet: the Baker-Biddle site. Famed "Banana King" Lorenzo Dow Baker and later Franklin Roosevelt's Attorney General Francis Biddle called this place home. Join National Seashore Historian William Burke for a glimpse at the wonderfully rich prehistoric and historic archaeological finds from this property, and what they tell us about life on the Outer Cape thousands of years ago. Due to government shutdown this event is cancelled.

East Brookfield

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 9, 6pm
Location: East Brookfield Information: 508-867-7928, www.eastbrookfieldpubliclibrary.org
Sponsor: East Brookfield Public Library
Admission: Free
Throughout history, people have fought the elements for survival, and became quite inventive doing it. Surviving long cold winter days and nights was not just about a fire in the fireplace. It involved special clothing and tools which carried warmth wherever people traveled, from the carriage to church to bed. And how about boredom during the long winter imprisonment? What did adults and children do to fight the drag of snow-bound time? Let’s take a peek into the world of winter in history. Visit the interpreter’s website at www.sneakpeekproductions.com for more information.

Easton

Archaeology Day at BSP... “So You Want To Be An Archaeologist?”

Date & Time: Sunday, October 20, 12–4pm
Location: Borderland State Park, 259 Massapoag Avenue
Information: 617-626-1377, Ellen.Berkland@state.ma.us
Sponsor: Department of Conservation and Recreation
Admission: Free
Get your hands dirty with the DCR archaeologist. A brief introduction to the science of archaeology will set the stage for a day of digging, washing, recording, mapping, cataloguing and much more! Meet in front of the mansion. Bring water and work gloves. Weather dependant: Call Event Line at 508-238-6566 for cancellation information.

Grafton

The Archaeology of Hassanamesit Woods: An Update from the Field

Date & Time: Saturday, October 19, 2pm
Location: Grafton Public Library, 35 Grafton Common
Information: www.graftonlibrary.org, blogs.umb.edu/fiskecenter/category/hass-woods-grafton-ma/
Sponsor: Fiske Center for Archaeological Research at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and Grafton Public Library
Admission: Free
Join researcher Eric Fahey from the Fiske Center for Archaeological Research at the University of Massachusetts, Boston for a presentation of the latest work at Hassanamesit Woods in Grafton. Fahey will discuss how analysis of Sarah Boston’s cellar contributes to a better understanding of this Nipmuc woman’s life and the implications for a broader understanding of Indigenous Archaeology. Please see the cover of this calendar for an image of the excavation.

Harvard

New England Vampire Folk Belief: Archaeological Evidence, A Lecture by Nicholas F. Bellantoni, Ph.D., Connecticut State Archaeologist

Date & Time: Sunday, October 27, 1pm
Location: Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road
Information: www.fruitlands.org
Sponsor: Fruitlands Museum
Admission: Adults: $12, Seniors/Students: $10, Museum Members: Free
Were there vampires in New England? Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni will talk about how areas of New England were hot spots of vampire folklore in the 19th century. Bellantoni worked to excavate a gravesite of suspected vampires whose location was revealed when two children playing in a quarry found human skulls. The evidence revealed a posthumous mutilation of the corpse, likely by townspeople who believed the deceased to be a vampire.

Haverhill

Walker Camp C Lecture

Date & Time: Thursday, October 24, 7–8pm
Location: Buttonwoods Museum, 240 Water Street
Information: 978-374-4626, programs@haverhillhistory.org
Sponsor: Haverhill Historical Society
Admission: $10 (suggested donation)
Marty Dudek, Principal Archaeologist at John Milner Associates, will present an illustrated PowerPoint presentation describing the archaeological and historical compliance process, the results of background research and field survey, and the process of data recovery field work and analysis. Mr. Dudek will specifically cover the story of a site called “Walker Camp C,” which was excavated in the early 20th century by amateur archaeologist Frederick Alanson Luce.

Hull

The Harbor Islands: Boston’s Unique Neighborhood

Date & Time: Thursday, October 10, 7:30pm
Location: Nantasket Beach Reservation, 204 Nantasket Avenue, Mary Jeanette Murray Bathhouse
Information: 617-626-1377, Ellen.Berkland@state.ma.us
Sponsor: Department of Conservation and Recreation
Admission: Free
DCR Archaeologist Ellen Berkland will present an illustrated lecture about the Boston Harbor Islands.

Ipswich

Archaeology of Agawam

Date & Time: Monday, October 7, 12–1pm
Location: Ipswich Museum, 54 South Main Street
Information: 978-356-2811, www.ipswichmuseum.org
Sponsor: Ipswich Museum
Admission: Museum members: Free, General Public: $5
Learn about the Native American groups who inhabited Ipswich and Essex County during the 17th century and before. View genuine artifacts from the historical period and handle reproduction artifacts from the Paleo-Indian Bull Brook site in Ipswich.

Lawrence

19th-Century Lawrence under the Strikers’ Monument

Date & Time: Daily throughout October, 9am–4pm
Location: Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitors’ Center, 1 Jackson Street
Information: 978-974-1655
Sponsor: Strikers’ Monument, Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitor’s Center
Admission: Free
While preparing a site for the “Strikers’ Monument” to commemorate the centennial of the Great Lawrence Textile Strike of 1912, ground was broken in the North Common Historical District. In 1845 the Essex Company deeded the 17-acre Common as a permanent open passive space to Lawrence. Engineer Charles S. Storrow, with consultation from Fredrick Law Olmsted, prepared the site by filling the marshland with debris. Come to the Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitors’ Center to learn about this site which today is an archaeological portal to the city’s past.

Lowell

Bike Tour of Middlesex Canal

Date & Time: Saturday, October 5, 9am–5pm
Location: Boston to Lowell, see below
Information: 617-628-6320, dick.bauer@alum.mit.edu
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free
The historic Middlesex Canal is part of Lowell. The 11th Annual Bike Tour of the canal will go to Lowell. Google “canal ride cue sheet” and choose a convenient location to join the tour. Use the Lowell train (www.mbta.com) which parallels the canal to get to or return to your start location. Begins in Charlestown at 9am, Canal Museum in Billerica at 3pm, and Lowell at 5pm.

Building the Past: Mill Architecture

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 16 through Sunday, October 20, 10am–5pm
Location: American Textile History Museum, 491 Dutton Street
Information: 978-441-0400, www.athm.org
Sponsor: American Textile History Museum
Admission: Adults: $8, Children and Seniors: $6, Children under 6 years: Free
Industrial archaeologists study the crafts and industries of the past. They bring together documents and physical evidence to discover how the places, processes and conditions of production have changed. At the American Textile History Museum, visitors will experience the excitement of industrial archaeology as they uses photographs, maps, and representations of physical remains to construct factory buildings using Keva planks.

Medford

Bike Tour of Middlesex Canal

Date & Time: Saturday, October 5, 9am–5pm
Location: Boston to Lowell, see below
Information: 617-628-6320, dick.bauer@alum.mit.edu
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free
The historic Middlesex Canal is part of Medford. The 11th Annual Bike Tour of the canal will pass through Medford. Google “canal ride cue sheet” and choose a convenient location to join the tour. Use the Lowell train (www.mbta.com) which parallels the canal to get to or return to your start location. Begins in Charlestown at 9am, Canal Museum in Billerica at 3pm, and Lowell at 5pm.

Middleborough

Robbins Museum of Archaeology Open Hours

Date & Time: Wednesdays 10am–4pm and Saturdays 10am–2pm throughout October
Location: Robbins Museum of Archaeology, 17 Jackson Street
Information: info@massarchaeology.org
Sponsor: Massachusetts Archaeological Society
Admission: Adults: $5, Children: $2, MAS Members: Free
The Robbins Museum has an extensive collection of over 70,000 artifacts spanning 12,000 years of Massachusetts history. When you come to tour the museum, you will be guided by one of our knowledgeable docents around our exhibit halls featuring a ‘walk through time’ of Massachusetts history.

Massachusetts Archaeological Society Annual Meeting

Date & Time: Saturday, October 26, please see website for schedule
Location: Robbins Museum of Archaeology, 17 Jackson Street
Information: info@massarchaeology.org
Sponsor: Massachusetts Archaeological Society
Admission: Adults: $12, MAS Members and Students: $10
The Massachusetts Archaeological Society Annual Meeting will feature a variety of lectures on topics related to archaeology for the general public. Visit our website at www.massarchaeology.org for a full program description.

Milton

CANCELLED Archaeology at the Forbes House

Date & Time: Sunday, October 6, 11am–4pm
Location: Forbes House Museum, 215 Adams Street
Information: 617-696-1815, www.forbeshousemuseum.org
Sponsor: Forbes House Museum
Admission: Free
The start of the Forbes House Museum archaeology project has been delayed. The Museum regrets that we cannot offer our planned program. Visitors are welcome to explore the grounds of the Forbes House Museum and Hutchinson’s Field unguided. Thank you for your understanding. This summer the Forbes House Museum is beginning an archaeological investigation of their property. We will be discussing some of the results of this preliminary investigation.

Newbury

Dirt Detectives

Date & Time: Weekdays throughout October, 9am–4pm
Location: Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm
Information: 978-465-2634, www.historicnewengland.org
Sponsor: Historic New England
Admission: Students: $6, Teachers: Free
Science and history unite in this exciting program. Students become archaeologists as they search for artifacts and excavate a mock pit with the tools and techniques used in archaeology. Students collaborate to piece together artifacts in the field lab station. In the house museum they explore building archeology via a series of trap doors which reveal 300 years of history at the farm. Sessions are two hours in duration.

North Adams

Archaeology of USS Monitor

Date & Time: Saturday, October 5, 3pm
Location: Western Gateway Heritage State Park, 115 State Street, Visitors Museum, Building 4
Information: 413-663-6312
Sponsor: Department of Conservation and Recreation, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Admission: Free
North Adams has always claimed a connection to the great Battle of the Ironclads at Hampton Roads in Virginia during the American Civil War. This is due to the fact that a furnace works in the city created the pig iron for the USS Monitor. On the 150th anniversary of the Civil War we will investigate the story of the ironclad, the battle and the archaeology involved in the recovery of the sunken ship.

Archaeology and Human Remains

Date & Time: Saturday, October 12, 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
Admission: Free
The repatriation and reburial of human remains is a current debate in archaeology. Various indigenous peoples around the world have requested that human remains from their respective communities be repatriated for reburial. The debate involves people in the present and their perception of the past from a contemporary perspective. This lecture will attempt to sort out these viewpoints.

Peabody

Life in Seventeenth-Century New England: an Archaeologist’s View

Date & Time: Thursday, October 10, 7–8:30pm
Location: Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main Street
Information: 978-531-0100 ext. 10
Sponsor: Peabody Institute Library, www.peabodylibrary.org
Admission: Free
What was the typical house like for the early settlers of New England? What did people eat for dinner, and what did they wash it down with? Tad Baker will explore these and other aspects of everyday living by combining history with archaeology to unearth the way people lived. He will draw upon his excavations at many 17th -century archaeological sites as well as information from surviving buildings and historical records such as probate inventories.

Pepperell

A Glimpse of Pepperell’s Past

Date & Time: Saturday, October 19, 11am–4pm
Location: Pepperell Community Center, 2 Hollis Street
Information: Diane Cronin at 978-433-3232, www.pepperellhistory.org
Sponsor: Pepperell Historical Society
Admission: Free
Colonel William Prescott, famous for his leadership during the Battle of Bunker Hill and Prudence Wright, who captured a British spy in Pepperell in 1775, are part of Pepperell’s rich colonial past. The Pepperell Covered Bridge is one of only three working covered bridges in Massachusetts. See images from our historic cemeteries including gravestones from the colonial era. Learn about our 1726 grist mill, shoe mills, Pepperell Springs’ water, 150 years of paper mills and the Worcester and Nashua Railroad, which fueled Pepperell’s growth and prosperity.

Pittsfield

Renewable Energy at the City of Peace: Shaker Water Power and Archaeology Tour

Date & Time: Sunday, October 6, 10:30am–12pm
Location: 34 Lebanon Mountain Road, Meet at Hancock Shaker Village Visitor Center
Information: 413-443-0188, www.hancockshakervillage.org
Sponsor: Hancock Shaker Village
Admission: Free hike, if participants also wish to tour the rest of the Village on their own, regular admission fees apply (Adults: $18, Youth: $8, Children (12 and under): Free)
This “Green Tour” will focus on the Hancock Shakers’ 19th-century water power technology and other examples of renewable energy at the Village. Included will be a demonstration of the 1858 waterpower turbine, and an easy/moderate level hike to the Village’s North Family archaeological sites to view ruins of Shaker mill buildings and dams. Clothing and footwear appropriate for walking in fields and woods is required.

Plymouth

Archaeology Exhibits

Date & Time: Ongoing throughout October
Location: Plymouth Public Library, 132 South Street
Information: 508-830-4250, plref@ocln.org
Sponsor: Plymouth Public Library, www.plimothpubliclibrary.org
Admission: Free
During the months of October and November, Plymouth Public Library will feature a display in the main library which will highlight local archaeological discoveries. Please check our website for more specific information about our observance of Archaeology Month. Library hours are Sunday 12:30 pm to 5pm; Monday to Wednesday 10am to 9pm; Thursday 10am to 6pm; Friday and Saturday 10am to 5:30pm.

Burial Hill Tour - Finding Early Plymouth: A View from Burial Hill

Date & Time: Saturday, October 5, 1pm
Location: Burial Hill, Town Square
Information: 508-746-0012, www.plymouthantiquariansociety.org/events_2013.htm#October2013
Sponsor: Plymouth Antiquarian Society
Admission: Free
Many visitors appreciate the scenic vistas observed from Burial Hill’s steep slopes. Karin Goldstein of Plimoth Plantation offers an intriguing archeological and historical overview of early Plymouth from this exceptional vantage point. Meet at the main entrance by First Parish Church.

Early Plymouth: Uncovering the Past

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 9, 7pm
Location: Plymouth Public Library, Fehlow Room, 132 South Street
Information: 508-830-4250, www.plimothpubliclibrary.org, or www.plimoth.org
Sponsor: Plimoth Plantation and Plymouth Public Library
Admission: Free
What can we learn that’s new about early colonial Plymouth? State of the art archaeological techniques allow archaeologist to examine what’s underground without actually digging. Staff from the Fiske Center for Archaeological Research at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, will discuss these techniques and how they can be applied to Burial Hill and downtown Plymouth.

Looking for a Lost Fort

Date & Time: Saturday, October 12, 1–2:30pm (Rain date Sunday, October 13)
Location: Burial Hill Burying Ground
Information: 781-706-5531, cheryle.burialhillfriend@verizon.net
Sponsor: Friends of Burial Hill and Plymouth Archaeological Rediscovery Project, www.friendsofburialhill.org
Admission: Free
As Plymouth approaches the 400th anniversary of the landing of the colonists in 1620, one of the important questions that needs to be asked is if there are any traces of the original settlement left in today’s developed downtown. The historical records indicate that the fort/meetinghouse was located on top of what is now known as Burial Hill. How big was it? How was it constructed? Join archaeologist Craig Chartier of Plymouth Archaeological Rediscovery Project and the Friends of Burial Hill as we try to find answers to these questions as a survey is conducted with the use of ground penetrating radar. Join us for a unique opportunity to discover history.

Quincy

Granite Railway Company Inclined Plane Railway

Date & Time: Saturday, October 5, 10am–3pm (Rain date Saturday, October 12)
Location: Inclined Plane site at the end of Mullin Avenue in West Quincy
Information: 617-472-1322, quincyquarrymuseum@verizon.net
Sponsor: Quincy Quarry and Granite Workers Museum
Admission: Free
The event will consist of a continual guided tour of the remains of the historic Granite Railway Company’s Inclined Plane Railway built by Gridley Bryant in 1830. Photos of the railway will be on display showing the three transitions the railway went through over the years it was in operation. On display will be artifacts of Quincy’s granite industry and interpretive information explaining the artifacts on display.

First People Archaeology at DCR Caddy Park

Date & Time: Saturday, October 5, 10-11am
Location: Caddy Memorial Park, 1244-1276 Quincy Shore Drive
Information: www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-boston/quincy-shores-reservation.html, maggi.brown@state.ma.us
Sponsor: Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Admission: Free
Join Ellen Berkland, DCR Archaeologist, for a walk and talk to discover the rich Native history of Quincy shore and Black’s creek area. In 1999, a collection of rare Native artifacts were unearthed at Caddy Park during construction of the playground. These artifacts reveal exciting new possibilities about the early life of the First People of the area. Join us at Caddy Park to learn more! For ages 8 and up.

Rockland

Prehistoric Indian Occupation of Sweets Knoll

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 22, 6:30pm
Location: Rockland Memorial Library, 20 Belmont Street
Information: www.rocklandmemoriallibrary.org
Sponsor: Friends of Rockland Memorial Library
Admission: Free
The Sweets Knoll Site is one of hundreds of Prehistoric Native American sites along the Taunton River. The Taunton River was a large component of the Native American Inland Waterway from Scituate to the Mt. Hope Bay in Fall River. Fred Robinson, Vice President of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society, located at the Robbins Museum in Middleboro, will present the 60 minute program. Judy Macioci, educator at the Massachusetts Audubon Society will assist in the program presentation.

Rowe

On the Road with John Henry Haynes: Photographer and Archaeologist in the Ottoman Empire, 1881-1900

Date & Time: Sunday, October 20, 2pm
Location: The Rowe Historical Society’s Kemp-McCarthy Museum, 282 Zoar Road
Information: 413-339-4238, www.rowehiostoricalsociety.org
Sponsor: Rowe Historical Society, Inc.
Admission: $5 suggested donation
Join us for Robert Ousterhout’s presentation on John Henry Haynes, the distinguished archaeologist widely regarded as the father of American archaeological photography. Born in Rowe, MA in 1849, Haynes is renowned for his archaeological work in Mesopotamia at Nippur and Assos. Dr. Robert Ousterhout currently teaches Byzantine Art and Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also directs the Center for Ancient Studies. He is recognized internationally as an expert on John Henry Haynes. Dr. Ousterhout is the author of 15 books and he will be signing copies of his acclaimed book on John Henry Haynes. In addition to hosting the lecture, the Kemp-McCarthy Museum will have an exhibit on Haynes emphasizing his photography and his life in western Massachusetts. Light refreshments will be served. The Museum is fully handicapped accessible.

Salem

Open House at the Narbonne House

Date & Time: Saturday, October 5, 11am–3pm
Location: Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Narbonne House, 71 Essex Street
Information: www.nps.gov/sama
Sponsor: Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Admission: Free
Join us for 17th-Century Saturdays at the Narbonne House. In the 1970’s, the National Park Service conducted archaeological fieldwork at the site in order to better understand the changes made to the structure and interior of the house over time. Over 150,000 artifacts were recovered during the excavations, which provide interesting insights into the history of the house and the lives of its occupants. Tour the home, see the archaeological exhibit inside, and participate in the family friendly archaeology activities. Due to government shutdown this event is cancelled.

Creamware at the Narbonne House

Date & Time: Saturday, October 5, 3:30pm
Location: Salem Maritime National Historic Site, St. Joseph Hall 160 Derby Street
Information: www.nps.gov/sama
Sponsor: Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Admission: Free
Join us for 17th-Century Saturdays at the Narbonne House followed by a lecture about the most recent research into the archaeological collections by National Park Service Archaeology Technician Nicole Estey. This lecture will cover her recent research into the creamware excavated at the home and will discuss how even the smallest sherds of ceramics can change our interpretations of the Narbonne House residents of the 18th and 19th centuries. Due to government shutdown this event is cancelled.

Tours of the Pickering House

Date & Time: Saturday, October 12, 10am–3pm
Location: The Pickering House, 18 Broad Street
Information: 978-744-1647, pickeringhouse1@gmail.com
Sponsor: The Pickering Foundation, www.pickeringhouse.org
Admission: $5
Join us for a tour of Salem’s oldest house and America’s oldest home. The Pickering House has been “home” to 10 generations of a single family for over 350 years. Built in 1651 by settler John Pickering and his wife Elizabeth, it began as a two-room farmhouse that over the years added wings, gables and Gothic peaks. It was home to carpenters, farmers, patriots, military leaders, deacons, diplomats, linguists, and statesmen. Come experience the richness of American history!

Scituate

Maritime Archaeology at Scituate Library

Date & Time: Saturday, October 26, 11:30am-1pm
Location: Scituate Town Library, 85 Branch Street
Information: 781-545-8727, www.scituatetownlibrary.org, www.stellwagen.noaa.gov
Sponsor: Scituate Town Library and NOAA's Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
Admission: Free
Step into the past and dive beneath the waves to learn about the historic shipwrecks of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary through hands-on activities for the entire family. Become a maritime archaeologist and be an underwater detective for the day. Explore the ocean floor and uncover the maritime secrets just off our shores. Map a shipwreck, try on SCUBA diving gear, learn about the fish and marine life that inhabit the Sanctuary, or listen to a story. Arrive at 11:30 and stay for the full session, or stop in and try an activity or listen to a story. This program is for grades Pre-K to 6.

Somerville

Bike Tour of Middlesex Canal

Date & Time: Saturday, October 5, 9am–5pm
Location: Boston to Lowell, see below
Information: 617-628-6320, dick.bauer@alum.mit.edu
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free
The historic Middlesex Canal is part of Somerville. The 11th Annual Bike Tour of the will pass through Somerville. Google “canal ride cue sheet” and choose a convenient location to join the tour. Use the Lowell train (www.mbta.com) which parallels the canal to get to or return to your start location. Begins in Charlestown at 9am, Canal Museum in Billerica at 3pm, and Lowell at 5pm.

South Hadley

New England Vampire Folk Belief: Archaeological Evidence, A Lecture by Nicholas F. Bellantoni Ph.D., CT State Archaeologist

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 2, 6:30pm
Location: South Hadley Public Library, 27 Bardwell Street
Information: www.shadleylib.org
Sponsor: South Hadley Public Library
Admission: Free
Were there vampires in New England? Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni will talk about how areas of New England were hot spots of vampire folklore in the 19th century. Bellantoni worked to excavate a gravesite of suspected vampires whose location was revealed when two children playing in a quarry found human skulls. The evidence revealed a posthumous mutilation of the corpse, likely by townspeople who believed the deceased to be a vampire. Programs are always free.

Springfield

Museums à la Carte

Date & Time: Thursday, October 3, 12:15pm
Location: Michelle and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, 21 Edwards Street
Information: 413-263-6800, info@springfieldmuseums.org
Sponsor: Springfield Museums
Admission: General: $4, Members: $2
The Springfield Museums Art a la Carte program will host a lecture by Amy S. Dane, M.A. entitled “Mexico City and Surrounds: Art and Culture, Past and Present, Traditional and Modern.”

Museums à la Carte

Date & Time: Thursday, October 10, 12:15pm
Location: Michelle and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, 21 Edwards Street
Information: 413-263-6800, info@springfieldmuseums.org
Sponsor: Springfield Museums
Admission: General: $4, Members: $2
The Springfield Museums Art à la Carte program will host an illustrated lecture by archaeologist Eric Johnson entitled “Highlights of Massachusetts Archaeology.”

Sturbridge

Take a Closer Look: Building the Small House

Date & Time: Saturday, October 12, 10am
Location: Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Information: www.osv.org
Sponsor: Old Sturbridge Village
Admission: Adults: $24, Seniors (65 and older): $22, Youth (ages 3-17): $8, Children ages 2 and under: Free
Join Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) staff for a look at making the Small House, a reproduction building constructed at OSV, including insights into the archaeological and architectural research that went into the construction of the building. The program will meet at the Small House inside the Village.

Truro

The Parker House Site: A Small Outlying Site of Interest

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 8, 11am
Location: Wellfleet/Truro line, off of Route 6
Information: 508-255-3421 x14
Sponsor: National Park Service/Cape Cod National Seashore, nps.gov/caco
Admission: Free
Sometimes a small archaeological site is discovered at a great distance from other more significant sites. Such is the case of the Parker House site, a small outlying cellar hole site beneath power lines and partially disturbed in modern times. Join Park Archaeologist, Frederica Dimmick, and Park Historian, Bill Burke, for a quick look at what features this site holds, what artifacts have been found, and what the site might tell us about a remote corner of Truro in the 19th century. Turn onto the first paved road off of Route 6 when passing into Truro from Wellfleet; travel a short distance past the first house. Program will be 45 minutes and includes a short walk.

Waltham

Take a Walk: Archaeology Backpacks at Gore Place

Date & Time: Weekdays (10am–3pm) and Saturdays (12–3pm) throughout October
Location: Gore Place, 52 Gore Street
Information: 781-894-2798, www.goreplace.org
Sponsor: The Gore Place Society
Admission: $5 rental per backpack, Free for members
During the month of October, children ages 6 and up with an accompanying adult may rent a backpack with archaeology tools and activities designed to help them understand how archaeological research of a historic site is done while they explore the 45 acre estate.

Dead Sea Scrolls: Life in Ancient Times, Graduate Student Symposium

Date & Time: Sunday, October 6, 1– 6:30pm
Location: Brandeis University, please visit website for information on location
Information: dssgradconference@gmail.com, www.brandeis.edu/dead-sea-scrolls
Sponsor: Brandeis University, Office of the Provost
Admission: Free
Join us for the interdisciplinary symposium on the Dead Sea Scrolls, archaeology, ancient Israel, and encircling politics of their use presented by graduate students from throughout the Northeast. Explore topics such as history, science, archaeology, and ancient life. View an exhibit from Brandeis University’s collection of first century artifacts. This symposium coincides with the Dead Sea Scrolls: Life in Ancient Times exhibition hosted by the Museum of Science, with Brandeis University as an educational partner. Join us to learn about current research, field work and laboratory analysis. The symposium will provide a forum for students to meet and share ideas and research with their peers. A detailed list of speakers and abstracts will be posted on our website. http://www.brandeis.edu/departments/anthro/news-events/index.html

Wayland

Wayland Uncovered: Archaeological Evidence of Our First Residents

Date & Time: Saturday, October 19, 2pm
Location: Wayland Town Building, 41 Cochituate Road
Information: 508-647-6225, wayland375.com/ai1ec_event/wayland-uncovered-archaeological-evidence-of-our-first-residents/?instance_id=16
Sponsor: Wayland Historical Commission
Admission: Free
Native Americans came into Wayland sometime after the glacier receded approximately 12,000 years ago. Since 1978, excavations gathered more than thirty radiocarbon dates. Artifacts recovered from these sites represent periods going back 8,000 years. The archaeological record indicates that Native people continued to live here for thousands of years until the arrival of Europeans. Presented by Tonya Largy.

Wilmington

Bike Tour of Middlesex Canal

Date & Time: Saturday, October 5, 9am–5pm
Location: Boston to Lowell, see below
Information: 617-628-6320, dick.bauer@alum.mit.edu
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free
The historic Middlesex Canal is part of Wilmington. The 11th Annual Bike Tour of the canal on Saturday, October 5, will pass through Wilmington. Google “canal ride cue sheet” and choose a convenient location to join the tour. Use the Lowell train (www.mbta.com) which parallels the canal to get to or return to your start location. Begins in Charlestown at 9am, Canal Museum in Billerica at 3pm, and Lowell at 5pm.

Winchester

Bike Tour of Middlesex Canal

Date & Time: Saturday, October 5, 9am–5pm
Location: Boston to Lowell, see below
Information: 617-628-6320, dick.bauer@alum.mit.edu
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free
The historic Middlesex Canal is part of Winchester. The 11th Annual Bike Tour of the canal will pass through Winchester. Google “canal ride cue sheet” and choose a convenient location to join the tour, like Sandy Beach, returning to Wedgemere. Use the Lowell train (www.mbta.com) which parallels the canal to get to or return to your start location. Begins in Charlestown at 9am, Canal Museum in Billerica at 3pm, and Lowell at 5pm.

Woburn

Bike Tour of Middlesex Canal

Date & Time: Saturday, October 5, 9am–5pm
Location: Boston to Lowell, see below
Information: 617-628-6320, dick.bauer@alum.mit.edu
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free
The historic Middlesex Canal is part of Medford. The 11th Annual Bike Tour of the canal will pass through Medford. Google “canal ride cue sheet” and choose a convenient location to join the tour, like Kiwanis Park across the canal from Sichuan Garden II. Use the Lowell train (www.mbta.com) which parallels the canal to get to or return to your start location. Begins in Charlestown at 9am, Canal Museum in Billerica at 3pm, and Lowell at 5pm.

Middlesex Canal Fall Walk

Date & Time: Sunday, October 20, 1:30pm
Location: Begins at parking lot behind Woburn Cinemas
Information: 781-861-7868, Robert@middlesexcanal.org, www.middlesexcanal.org
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association and Appalachian Mountain Club
Admission: Free
Join use for a level, three mile walk along two sections of the Middlesex Canal. The first will begin at 1:30pm from the southwest corner of the parking lot behind Woburn Cinemas off of Route 38 near Route 128 and proceed south along the watered canal to Winn Street and return. The second segment will proceed north from the parking lot behind the former Baldwin Mansion (now the Sichuan Garden II restaurant) on Alfred Street off of Route 38.

Worcester

Central Massachusetts Chapter of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society Business Meeting and Speaker Program

Date & Time: Saturday, October 5, 7:30pm
Location: Zion Lutheran Church, 41 Whitmarsh Avenue
Information: 508-947-9005, info@massarchaeology.org
Sponsor: Massachusetts Archaeological Society, Central Massachusetts Chapter, www.massarchaeology.org/events_centralchapter.htm
Admission: Free
The Central Massachusetts Chapter of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society invites you to attend a fascinating lecture about archaeology. Check our website for details on the speaker and topic.

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