Massachusetts Archaeology Month October 2014

2014 Archaeology Month Poster

The 2014 Massachusetts Archaeology Month Poster

From the State Archaeologist

From the Secretary of the Commonwealth

Download the 2014 Calendar of Events (PDF)


Archaeology Month 2014 Event Information

Acton East Brookfield Middleborough Springfield
Amherst Eastham Millis Stoneham
Andover Essex Newbury Sturbridge
Billerica Framingham North Adams Sudbury
Boston Gloucester Pittsfield Townsend
Bourne Grafton Plymouth Upton
Brewster Harvard Quincy Waltham
Cambridge Haverhill Rockland Wayland
Chelmsford Lowell Salem Westwood
Concord Marshfield Scituate Wilmington
Dennis Medfield Sheffield Winchester
Duxbury Medford Somerville Woburn

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: joseph.bagley@boston.gov
Sponsor: Massachusetts Archaeology Education Consortium, www.maeconlearning.org, and the Boston City Archaeology Program
Admission: Free
Schedule a virtual visit from a real archaeologist for your school classroom.; Joe Bagley, Boston's City Archaeologist, will be available for a 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 in Boston and throughout the State of Massachusetts.  Please contact to schedule a virtual visit and make arrangements for web-conferencing via Skype.

Acton

Archaeology at a Native American Campsite by the Merrimack River

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 7, 7pm
Location: Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main Street
Information: mrich@acton-ma.gov
Sponsor: Friends of Pine Hawk
Admission: Free
Archaeologist Marty Dudek will discuss recent excavations at a campsite along the Merrimack River.  The discoveries revealed a deep history of Native American lifeways spanning thousands of years.

Junior Archaeologists Walk

Date & Time: Thursday, October 9, 2pm (Rain date: Thursday, October 16)
Location: Meet at the end of Wheeler Lane off Route 27/Main Street
Information: 978-929-6655
Sponsor: Friends of Pine Hawk, www.actonmemoriallibrary.org/resources-research/local-history/pine-hawk/
Admission: Free
Site preservation specialist, Linda McElroy, will lead the walk.  Good walking shoes are necessary.  Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Collaborating on Native American History in Southern New England

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 15, 7pm
Location: Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main Street
Information: mrich@acton-ma.gov
Sponsor: Friends of Pine Hawk, www.actonmemoriallibrary.org/resources-research/local-history/pine-hawk/
Admission: Free
Archaeologist Stephen Silliman discusses his long-term collaborative project between UMass Boston and the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation to help answer such questions as how to measure culture change and continuity, implications of these concepts and interpretations for political and heritage issues today, and the role of community-based archaeology with descendants.

Archaeologists Walk

Date & Time: Saturday, October 18, 10am (Rain date: Saturday, October 25)
Location: Meet at the end of Wheeler Lane off Route 27/Main Street
Information: 978-929-6655
Sponsor: Friends of Pine Hawk, www.actonmemoriallibrary.org/resources-research/local-history/pine-hawk/
Admission: Free
Site preservation specialist, Linda McElroy, will lead the walk.  Mostly easy walking, half a mile each way.

Meet an Archaeologist!

Date & Time: Thursday, October 23, 2pm
Location: The Discovery Museums, 177 Main Street
Information: 978-264-4200 x20, discoverymuseums.org
Sponsor: The Discovery Museums
Admission: Free with admission ($11.50)
Suanna Crowley, PhD, of AnthroScience Advisors will lead future archaeologists on a tour of the science of archaeology.  Learn how archaeologists uncover the mysteries of ancient sites and peoples by looking at artifacts and the landscape.

Book Discussion: Behind the Frontier: Indians in Eighteenth-Century Eastern Massachusetts

Date & Time: Monday, October 27, 7:30pm
Location: Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main Street
Information: mrich@acton-ma.gov
Sponsor: Friends of Pine Hawk, www.actonmemoriallibrary.org/resources-research/local-history/pine-hawk/
Admission: Free
The book, by historian Daniel R. Mandell, is a detailed yet readable account of the development of Native American communities in our region, many of which survive into the present.  It examines the interaction between Indians and colonists in the period between King Philip’s War and the battle of Bunker Hill, and the patterns of adaptation and resistance adopted by the Indians.  Copies will be available for check-out at the library circulation desk in early October.

Amherst

Archaeology Day at the Emily Dickinson Museum

Date & Time: Saturday, October 4, 1pm
Location: Dickinson Homestead, 280 Main Street
Information: info@emilydickinsonmuseum.org, www.EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org
Sponsor: Emily Dickinson Museum
Admission: Free
An archaeologist from University of Massachusetts Archaeological Services will give a presentation about excavations at the Dickinson Homestead and The Evergreens carried out in spring and summer 2014 in preparation for the installation of a drainage system and reconstruction of Emily Dickinson’s conservatory.  Dickinson called the conservatory her “little garden within.”  Significant components of the original structure, built in 1855, were saved when the conservatory was dismantled 100 years ago, and will be used in the reconstruction.

Andover

Massachusetts Archaeological Society Northeast Chapter Meeting

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 21, 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.

Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology Open House

Date & Time: Saturday, October 25, 10am-2pm
Location: Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology, 180 Main Street
Information: www.andover.edu/museums/museumofarchaeology/
Sponsor: Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology
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.

Billerica

Middlesex Canal Museum Exhibits

Date & Time: Saturdays and Sundays throughout October, 12-4pm
Location: Middlesex Canal Museum, 71 Faulkner Street
Information: www.middlesexcanal.org
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association
Admission: Free
Come see our exhibits on Massachusetts’ industrial past!  Continuing exhibits include a shovel used in 1793 to turn the first shovelful of earth at the beginning of canal construction; a towing mast, oar, and pole used on canal boats; and Charlestown dry dock construction models on loan from the Baldwin family.  Try a scavenger hunt for the young at heart.  Explore our outdoor exhibits including iron rings that were used 200 years ago to anchor floating towpath across a mill pond; and an iron bolt marker used to regulate water level.

Middlesex Canal Bike Tour

Date & Time: Sunday, October 5, 9am
Location: Boston to Lowell, see below
Information: Contact leaders Bill Kuttner at 617-241-9383, or Dick Bauer at 857-540-6293
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free (MBTA fare not included)
The Middlesex Canal Museum is a way point for the bike tour of the historic Middlesex Canal route.  Departs at 9am from Charlestown’s Sullivan T Station and travels to Lowell MBTA train station for a total of 38 miles.  Return via commuter rail on the 5pm train.  Fare is your responsibility.  Steady rain cancels.  Helmet required.  There is an option to join or leave at several intermediate stopping points near MBTA.  Please google “canal ride cue sheet” for route description and details.

Middlesex Canal/AMC Fall Walk

Date & Time: Sunday, October 19, 1:30pm
Location: Beginning at the Middlesex Canal Museum, 71 Faulkner Street
Information: Contact walk leaders Roger Hagopian at 781-861-7868, or Robert Winters at robert@middlesexcanal.org
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association and the Appalachian Mountain Club
Admission: Free
Please join us for this activity co-sponsored by the Appalachian Mountain Club.  This program includes a level, five mile walk along a section of the historic Middlesex Canal to Chelmsford and return.  Walk begins at 1:30pm from the Middlesex Canal Museum.  No registration is required.

Middlesex Canal Fall Meeting and Lecture

Date & Time: Sunday, October 26, 1pm
Location: Middlesex Canal Museum, 71 Faulkner Street
Information: 978-670-2740, www.middlesexcanal.org
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association
Admission: Free
Fall meeting and lecture on subject related to the canal era.  Guest speaker and topic to be determined.  Details will be posted at www.middlesexcanal.org when they are available.

Boston

Digging up the Past: Utilizing Artifacts to Better Understand the Battle of Bunker Hill

Date & Time: Ongoing by reservation or request
Location: Bunker Hill Monument Grounds and Bunker Hill Museum, 43 Monument Square
Information: 617-242-5689, bost_rsvp@nps.gov
Sponsor: Boston National Historical Park, www.nps.gov/bost; www.nps.gov/bost/forteachers/education-programs.htm
Admission: Free
Third through fifth graders discover and recover battle site artifacts to understand the Battle of Bunker Hill.  Students first use a cyclorama to visualize the historic battle and the differences between an historic site and a modern day dig site.  Students then work in stations reflective of specific areas of the battle, and “dig” for artifacts using proper techniques and tools.  They record and present their findings within the historic framework of the Battle of Bunker Hill.

The Archaeology of the Big Dig Classroom Field Trip

Date & Time: Weekdays throughout October, by appointment
Location: The Commonwealth Museum, 220 Morrissey Boulevard
Information: www.commonwealthmuseum.org
Sponsor: The Commonwealth Museum
Admission: Free
What did archaeologists discover while working on Boston’s Big Dig in the North End?  In 1992, archaeologists found Katherine Nanny Naylor’s privy at the Cross Street Back Lot site.  In this program, students will work in small groups to explore the privy, practice archaeological skills, learn about Puritan Boston, and discover a deeper appreciation for Massachusetts’s underground history.  Suggested for grades 5 through 8.  Field trips are free of charge and include a tour of the Commonwealth’s Museum’s exhibit, “Our Common Wealth: The Massachusetts Experiment in Democracy 1620 – Today.”  Trip duration is 3 hours, capacity is 60 students.  Please call 617-727-9268 to schedule. 

History Beneath Our Feet: Sandbox Archaeology for Classrooms

Date & Time: Weekdays through October by appointment
Location: Shirley-Eustis House, 33 Shirley Street, Carriage House Learning Center
Information: 617-442-2275, governorshirley@gmail.com
Sponsor: The Shirely-Eustis House, www.shirleyeustishouse.org
Admission: Students: $4, Chaperones: $5, Teachers: Free
Everyone loves to dig in the dirt – but what if this digging helps to give us a better sense of the past?  The goal of this program is to help train and sharpen students’ historical inquiry, analysis, and interpretation skills.  The lesson accomplishes this goal through the conduct of an archaeological dig in miniature based on the methods and vocabulary of archaeological science.  Each artifact found contains clues of its manufacture, date, origin and use.  To decipher the clues, one needs to ask questions like “when was this made or used?”  Grade-specific learning for grades 3 through diploma.  Please call or email to make reservations for this event.  This program has a group limit of 26.  Please be sure to discuss and make the appropriate arrangements when you call to schedule.

Museum Exhibit: Highlights of Charlestown Archaeology from the Big Dig

Date & Time: Wednesdays and Fridays throughout October, 9-5, by appointment only
Location: Boston City Archaeology Lab, 201 Rivermoor Street, West Roxbury
Information: joseph.bagley@boston.gov
Sponsor: City of Boston Archaeology Program
Admission: Free
See in person the highlights of the archaeological dig at the 18th-century Three Cranes Tavern, Parker-Harris Pottery, and other archaeological sites featured in the Archaeology of the Big Dig.

City Archaeology Lab Open House

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 1, 9am-5pm
Location: Boston City Archaeology Lab, 201 Rivermoor Street, West Roxbury
Information: joseph.bagley@boston.gov
Sponsor: City of Boston Archaeology Program
Admission: Free
Come view the City’s Archaeology Lab, a 3,000 square foot facility on the edge of town that holds over 1,000,000 artifacts from dozens of archaeological surveys conducted in the city of Boston.  City Archaeologist, Joe Bagley, will provide personal tours throughout the day.  Visitors of all ages and group size are welcome.  RSVPs are greatly appreciated, especially for larger groups.

History Beneath Our Feet: Sandbox Archaeology

Date & Time: Saturday, October 4, 1-4pm
Location: Shirley-Eustis House, 33 Shirley Street, Carriage House Learning Center
Information: 617-442-2275, governorshirley@gmail.com
Sponsor: The Shirely-Eustis House, www.shirleyeustishouse.org
Admission: Adult: $5, Students: $4
Everyone loves to dig in the dirt – but what if this digging helps to give us a better sense of the past?  The goal of this program is to help train and sharpen students’ historical inquiry, analysis, and interpretation skills.  The lesson accomplishes this goal through the conduct of an archaeological dig in miniature based on the methods and vocabulary of archaeological science.  Each artifact found contains clues of its manufacture, date, origin and use.  To decipher the clues, one needs to ask questions like “when was this made or used?”  After participants learn these basic skills, we will use them in a real archaeological dig at the Shirley-Eustis House.  Held rain or shine.  Grade-specific learning for grades 3 through diploma.  Please call or email to make reservations for this event.

Middlesex Canal Bike Tour

Date & Time: Sunday, October 5, 9am
Location: Sullivan Square MBTA Station
Information: Contact leaders Bill Kuttner at 617-241-9383, or Dick Bauer at 857-540-6293
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free (MBTA fare not included)
This is the starting point for the bike tour of the historic Middlesex Canal route.  Departs at 9am and travels from Charlestown’s Sullivan T Station to Lowell MBTA train station for a total of 38 miles.  Return to Boston via commuter rail on the 5pm train.  Fare is your responsibility.  Steady rain cancels.  Helmet required.  There is an option to join or leave at several intermediate stopping points near MBTA.  Please google “canal ride cue sheet” for route description and details.

Katherine, Grace, and Mary: Archaeological Revelations from 17th- and 18th- Century Women Uncovered in Boston’s Big Dig

Date & Time: Monday, October 6, 6pm
Location: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street
Information: joseph.bagley@boston.gov, education@masshist.org
Sponsor: Massachusetts Historical Society and City of Boston Archaeology Program
Admission: Free, Reservations required.  Please call 617-646-0560 or email education@masshist.org
Katherine Nanny Naylor, Grace Parker, and Mary Long were powerful women in Colonial Boston whose stories echo through time.  Join City Archaeologist, Joe Bagley, as he explores the story of these three remarkable women, their impacts on history, and how archaeological investigations prior to the Big Dig revealed their incredible story.

Lunch-Time Walking Tour of Charlestown Archaeology

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 7, 12-1pm, Rain or shine
Location: Walk begins at City Square fountain, off of New Rutherford Avenue and Chelsea Street in Charlestown
Information: joseph.bagley@boston.gov
Sponsor: City of Boston Archaeology Program
Admission: Free
Join Joe Bagley, City Archaeologist on a walk through time in the City's oldest neighborhood beginning with the archaeology of Boston's Big Dig and finishing at the base of the Bunker Hill Monument.  Highlights include women-owned businesses in the 18th century, native archaeological sites lost to rising seas, slave sites, and the true shape of fortifications on Breeds Hill.

The Archaeology and History of Charlestown’s Evolving Shoreline

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 7, 7pm
Location: Battle of Bunker Hill Museum education room, 43 Monument Square
Information: joseph.bagley@boston.gov
Sponsor: Charlestown Historical Society and City of Boston Archaeology Program
Admission: Free
Environmental reconstruction, historic records, and archaeological surveys have produced a wealth of knowledge on the shoreline of Charlestown.  City Archaeologist Joe Bagley will discuss the Native and later Colonial uses of the coast from campsites to the piers of the Charlestown Navy Yard.

Archaeology Read Aloud Story Time and Activity

Date & Time: Thursday, October 9, 3:30pm
Location: Boston Public Library, Youth Services, 700 Boylston Street
Information: info@maeconlearning.org
Sponsor: Massachusetts Archaeology Education Consortium (MAECON), www.maeconlearning.org, and Boston Public Library, www.bpl.org
Admission: Free
Join MAECON archaeologists in a reading of Jessie Hartland’s beautifully illustrated children’s book “How the Sphinx Got to the Museum.”  After the reading there will be a hands-on activity relating to the archaeology featured in the story.  Appropriate for children ages 6-9.

Lunch-Time Walking Tour of North End Archaeology

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 14, 12-1pm, Rain or shine
Location: Walk begins at the Samuel Adams Statue in front of Faneuil Hall
Information: joseph.bagley@boston.gov
Sponsor: City of Boston Archaeology Program
Admission: Free
Improved and Expanded! This tour is presented by Joe Bagley, City Archaeologist, and begins and ends at the Samuel Adams Statue in front of Faneuil Hall.  Tour covers the former coastline of Boston's North End, scandalous brothel sites, 17th century houses, the Mill Pond, out houses, divorce, intestinal diseases, and much more.

Gallery Talk: Conservation of Ancient Greek Vases and Sculpture

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 15, 6-7pm and Saturday, October 18, 12-1pm
Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, meet at Sharf Visitor Center
Information: www.mfa.org
Sponsor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Admission: Free with museum admission (Wednesday, October 15 the museum admission is a voluntary donation, Saturday, October 18 the museum admission is Adults: $25, Seniors: $23, Students (18 and over): $23, Children: Free)
Join art conservators for a gallery talk in the newly renovated ancient Greek galleries.  While viewing the artworks, hear how museum staff including curators, conservators, mount-makers, art-riggers, and scientists worked together to study, improve the stability and appearance, and install these ancient Greek artworks.  Learn about select objects’ histories, how they were made in ancient times, and how and why their appearances may have changed over time.

8th Annual AIA-MOS Archaeology Fair

Date & Time: Friday, October 17, 9am-2pm, and Saturday, October 18, 10am-3pm
Location: Museum of Science, Boston, 1 Science Park
Information: www.archaeological.org/events/15430
Sponsor: Archaeological Institute of American and the Museum of Science, Boston
Admission: Free with admission (Adults: $23, Seniors: $21, and 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.

Boston University Archaeology Day

Date & Time: Sunday, October 19, 12-4pm
Location: Boston University Stone Science Building, Room 253, 675 Commonwealth Avenue
Information: www.bu.edu/archaeology
Sponsor: Boston University, Department of Archaeology
Admission: Free
Come learn about archaeology from real BU archaeologists!  This annual event includes hands-on archaeological activities like flintknapping, cross-mending ceramics, identification of ancient plants and animals, and more!  Fun for all ages, this event includes activities for the littlest archaeologists as well as those who have long been interested.

Boston’s Past as Present: What the Archaeology of the Big Dig Teaches us about Climate Change, War, Women’s Rights, and other Contemporary Issues

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 21, 6-8pm
Location: Old State House, 206 Washington Street
Information: joseph.bagley@boston.gov, alexa@bostonhistory.org
Sponsor: The Bostonian Society and City of Boston Archaeology Program
Admission: Free, registration required at archaeologyosh.eventbrite.com/
Will we ever learn from the mistakes of the past? City Archaeologist, Joe Bagley, will discuss what scientific researchon the archaeology of the Big Dig project could, and probably should, teach us about political and social issues we face today.

Roxbury’s Southwest Corridor: Archaeology of Industry and Transportation

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 22, 7pm
Location: Haley House Bakery Café, 12 Dade Street, Dudley Square, Roxbury
Information: mcshugar@gmail.com, 617-721-3993
Sponsor: Roxbury Historical Society, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Roxbury-Historical-Society/431610283604780, and Haley House, www.haleyhouse.org/bakery_cafe
Admission: Free
Join us to learn about the archaeology of Roxbury’s Southwest Corridor!  Archaeologists Beth Bower and Miles Shugar will present their work on these fascinating archaeological sites that were excavated in the 1970s before the construction of the Orange Line subway.  Beth’s work uncovered a variety of interesting sites, including breweries, factories, foundries, and housing from the 18th-19th centuries.  Miles will then discuss one of these sites, the Metropolitan Railroad Company Site, in more detail.  Horse-cars and an electric street railway hub operated from 1850 to 1920 at the present-day Roxbury Crossing MBTA station.  The archaeology of horse-car street railways and technological change will be illustrated through artifacts, documents, and photographs of Boston’s early mass transit systems.

Burial Practices in Historic New England

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 28, 6:30pm
Location: Old North Church, 193 Salem Street
Information: 617-523-6676, education@oldnorth.com
Sponsor: Old North Foundation, www.oldnorth.com
Admission: $3 suggested donation
Jane Lyden Rousseau, Senior Curational Technician in the Department of Osteology at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology of Harvard University, will speak about her research of the Old North Church crypt and how it ties into colonial burial practices in New England.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to walk through the crypt after the talk.  Old North Church is the oldest standing church building in Boston, built in 1723.  Its crypt was in use from 1732-1860 and over 1,100 people were interred there.

Bourne

Second Wednesday Lecture with Tom Keyes

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 8, 7pm
Location: Bourne Historical Center, 30 Keene Street
Information: 508-759-6123, skiane@verizon.net
Sponsor: Bourne Historical Society
Admission: $5
Born from a 2011 discovery of an extremely rare, intact, early 17th-century home site located on the Keyes' property during the rehab of their home on Water Street in Sandwich, the North Atlantic Archaeological Collaborative is launching an open-air museum and education center with an archaeological lab.

Brewster

Invasion, Migration, or Trade: How Work at the Taylor Bray Farm is Helping us Investigate a 3,500 Year Old Archaeological Mystery

Date & Time: Saturday, October 4, 1pm
Location: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main Street/Route 6A
Information: 508-869-3867 x133, 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)
Archaeologists have been wondering how a different projectile point style arrived in New England around 3,500 years ago.  Does it represent an invasion of people, a migration, or just an exchange of ideas and artifacts?  Sites associated with this point style are rare in southeastern Massachusetts, but evidence of it was found at Taylor Bray Farm during the 2013 field season.  Craig Chartier will discuss implications of this find.

Underwater Archaeology in National Marine Sanctuaries

Date & Time: Sunday, October 5, 1pm
Location: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main Street/Route 6A
Information: 508-869-3867 x133, 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)
Step into the past and dive beneath the waves to learn about maritime heritage and the historic shipwrecks of our National Marine Sanctuaries through hands-on activities for the entire family.  Become an underwater detective for the day and explore the ocean floor and uncover the secrets of sunken ships located around the United States.  Map a shipwreck, try on SCUBA diving gear, learn about using sound to locate shipwrecks and solve maritime mysteries.

Wing Island Guided Walk

Date & Time: Sunday, October 12, 10am
Location: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main Street/Route 6A
Information: 508-869-3867 x133, 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 what the island was used for in the past, and what new discoveries have been made.

CCMNH Archaeology Laboratory Open House and Artifact Identification

Date & Time: Saturday, October 25, 11am-3pm
Location: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main Street/Route 6A
Information: 508-869-3867 x133, 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 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 for identification.

Cambridge

Amazing Archaeology at Harvard Festival

Date & Time: Sunday, October 5, 12-5pm
Location: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and Harvard Semitic Museums, Divinity Avenue
Information: 617-496-1027, hmsc@hmsc.harvard.edu, hmsc.harvard.edu/programs
Sponsor: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and the Harvard Semitic Museum
Admission: Free with Museum admission (Adults: $12, Seniors and Students with ID: $10, Children ages 3-18: $8).  Massachusetts Teachers: Free
An epic day of archaeological events!  Activities take place among the world-famous collections of North American, Maya, and Ancient Near Eastern archaeology.  Immerse yourself in a 3D view of the Giza Pyramids with virtual reality headsets.  Move mountains with an augmented reality sandbox.  Explore an active archaeological excavation in Harvard Yard.  Peer behind hidden museum spaces.  Participate in pottery building demonstrations from the Harvard ceramics program.  Listen to tales from field archaeologists who excavated in Turkey, China, Honduras, Peru, Israel, and more!  There will be a food truck on site for those who work up an appetite from all the hands-on activities.

Zooarchaeology Laboratory Open House

Date & Time: Monday, October 13, 12:30-4:30pm
Location: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, 11 Divinity Avenue
Information: 617-495-8317, www.peabody.harvard.edu
Sponsor: Peabody Museum, part of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture,hmsc.harvard.edu
Admission: Free with Museum admission (Adults: $12, Seniors and Students with ID: $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 is not required.

Chelmsford

Middlesex Canal Bike Tour

Date & Time: Sunday, October 5, 9am
Location: Boston to Lowell, see below
Information: Contact leaders Bill Kuttner at 617-241-9383, or Dick Bauer at 857-540-6293
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free (MBTA fare not included)
Chelmsford  is a way point for the bike tour of the historic Middlesex Canal route.  Departs at 9am from Charlestown’s Sullivan T Station and travels to Lowell MBTA train station for a total of 38 miles.  Return via commuter rail on the 5pm train.  Fare is your responsibility.  Steady rain cancels.  Helmet required.  There is an option to join or leave at several intermediate stopping points near MBTA.  Please google “canal ride cue sheet” for route description and details.

Concord

Highlights from the Archaeology Collection at Minute Man National Historical Park

Date & Time: Saturday, October 4, 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/mima
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.

Hands-On History

Date & Time: Sunday, October 12, 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 and crafts.  Touch and learn about real stone tools with museum educators.

Tuesday Gallery Talk

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 14, 2pm
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
Learn about the Concord Museum’s collection of Native American artifacts during this 20 minute gallery talk.

Saturday Gallery Talk

Date & Time: Saturday, October 25, 11am
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
Learn about the Concord Museum’s collection of Native American artifacts during this 20 minute gallery talk.

Dennis

Taylor-Bray Farm Archaeology

Date & Time: Saturday, October 18, 12pm
Location: Dennis Public Library, 5 Hall Street
Information: 508-760-6219, den_mail@clamsnet.org
Sponsor: Dennis Public Library, www.dennispubliclibrary.org
Admission: Free
Craig Chartier, director and principal archaeologist at Plymouth Archaeological Rediscovery Project, presents past accomplishments and ongoing efforts to understand the ancient and early historical life lived at the Taylor Bray Farm property in Yarmouth Port, MA.  The location, seasonally occupied by Native Americans 3,000 years ago and by Europeans beginning around 1640, is a rare survivor of the agriculture that once took place on Cape Cod’s north shore.

Duxbury

CANCELLED — Arrowhead Identification

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 29, 7-9pm
Location: Duxbury Free Library, 77 Alden Street
Information: www.duxburyfreelibrary.org
Sponsor: Duxbury Free Library
Admission: Free
Bring your arrowheads, spear points, hoes, etc. and experts will be at the Duxbury Free Library to identify your stone tools made by the original settlers of this area.  Native Americans lived here for over 10,000 years before the Pilgrims landed.  In celebration of National Archaeology Month the Duxbury Free Library is presenting this program where you can learn about your arrowheads and the original inhabitants of the area.

East Brookfield

Preserving your Family’s Paper Treasures

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 15, 6:30pm
Location: East Brookfield Public Library, 122 Connie Mack Drive
Information: wpayette@cwmars.org, eastbrookfieldlibrary.org
Sponsor: East Brookfield Public Library
Admission: Free
Do you have family photos, postcards, or letters sitting in boxes?  This is the program for you!  Learn with the use of handouts, visual aids, and a question and answer session.  This program will explain how to preserve and organize your items, and help you find archival materials and choose how and where to use them.  Presented by Frank Morrill, member of the Charlton Historical Commission, owner of the “Prints of the Past” framing studio, and contributor to many local “Images of America” series books.

Eastham

Walkover of Mary Chase Road Area, Fort Hill, and Penniman House Area

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 8, 10am-12pm (Rain date: Thursday October 9, 10am-12pm)
Location: Take a right off of Route 6 to Governor Prence Road, go past Penniman House to parking lot on left, or continue up hill to parking on Fort Hill summit.
Information: 508-255-3421 x22
Sponsor: National Park Service, Cape Cod National Seashore
Admission: Free
We will look for archaeological happenings in areas included in the walkover for both historical and ancient features, and stop on Fort Hill summit to understand why many people chose to live here.  We will discuss faunal findings of archaeologist Dr. Francis McManamon’s original work here, recently published.  If time permits we may have opportunity to view Penniman house.  Walking will be moderately difficult up and down hills and through brush and grasses.  Please dress with long sleeves and pants and be aware of ticks.

Essex

Archaeology Walk at the Cox Reservation

Date & Time: Sunday, October 26, 1-3pm
Location: Cox Reservation, 82 Eastern Avenue
Information: www.ecga.org/what_we_do/view_event/121-monthly_walk_cox_reservation_archaeology_walk_1-3pm, ecga@ecga.or, 978-768-7241 x10
Sponsor: Essex County Greenbelt, www.ecga.org
Admission: Free
Celebrate Archaeology Month by joining noted Greenbelt and Cape Ann archaeologist, Mary Ellen Lepionka, as we uncover the human history and material culture of our headquarters site.  The Cox Reservation has a distinctive past as home to Native Americans, and with a rich history as a salt-water farm and orchard.  Ms. Lepionka will share her perspective and expertise as we enjoy a stroll and examination of the property’s archaeological treasures.

Framingham

Recording Rock Art in the Southwest: Old Imagery, New Technology

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 21, 6-7:30pm
Location: Framingham State University
Information: 508-740-2385, balberti@framingham.edu
Sponsor: Framingham State University, www.framingham.edu
Admission: Free
How do archaeologists record rock art without touching surfaces?  Join Dr. Benjamin Alberti and Framingham State Honors students as they provide an overview of the archaic rock art from northern New Mexico studied by the Gorge Archaeological Project (Barnard College/Framingham State).  Exciting new computational photographic imaging technologies that reveal further secrets behind the images will be demonstrated.

Gloucester

Artisans of Cape Ann in Ancient Native American Times

Date & Time: Saturday, October 25, 3pm
Location: Cape Ann Museum Auditorium, 27 Pleasant Street
Information: 978-283-0455, info@capeannmuseum.org
Sponsor: Cape Ann Museum, www.capeannmuseum.org
Admission: Free with regular Museum admission ($10)
Archaeological and documentary evidence show that different groups of Native Americans lived on Cape Ann from at least the Early Archaic Period, beginning around 8,000 years ago.  Independent researcher Mary Ellen Lepionka uses a slide lecture to illustrate how Native Americans living on Cape Ann acquired, processed, and used Cape Anne’s raw materials in the past to create tools, make art, express beliefs, and furnish their way of life.

Grafton

Down Under

Date & Time: Sunday, October 19, 1-4pm
Location: Willard House and Clock Museum, 11 Willard Street
Information: 508-839-3500, Meredith@willardhouse.org
Sponsor: Willard House and Clock Museum
Admission: Adults: $10, Seniors, Students or AAA: $9, Children: $6
This unique tour looks at what lies below historic structures.  The farmhouse, initially constructed as a half cape circa 1745, was expanded in the 1760s.  Visitors will tour the older parts of the house as well as the original basement to see the expansion and other interesting features like the chimney footing and the root cellar.  Last tour is at 3pm.

Harvard

Connecting to our Eastern Woodland Native American Past

Date & Time: Saturday, October 4, 12-4pm
Location: Fruitlands Indian Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road
Information: nenaipetsan@aol.com, facebook.com/nenaiorg, nenai.org
Sponsor: New England Native American Institute, Inc, and Fruitlands Museum
Admission: Free with membership or museum admission (Adults: $12, Seniors/Students: $10, Children ages 5-13: $5)
Come and learn about Native American history and the culture of the Eastern Woodland people.  Presenters include: Dr. Michael Volmar (Native Material Culture of Fruitlands); Dr. Robert Goodby (Native Fish Weirs Still Exist); Nipmuc Cheryl Stedler (Mishoon-Raising: Canoes from Lake Quinsigamond); and Nipmuc Jennifer Lee (Demonstration: Making a Native Bark Basket).

Haverhill

Tombstones and Trowels

Date & Time: Saturday, October 4, 12-4pm
Location: Buttonwoods Museum, 240 Water Street
Information: Contact the Program Coordinator at programs@haverhillhistory.org
Sponsor: Buttonwoods Museum, www.buttonwoods.org
Admission: $5 per person
Drop in between 12pm and 4pm to discover archaeology at the Buttonwoods Museum!  Try your hand at traditional archaeological skills, like cross mending and cleaning artifacts.  A 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

Building the Past: Mill Architecture

Date & Time: Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays throughout October, 10am-5pm
Location: American Textile History Museum, 491 Dutton Street
Information: Contact the Education Coordinator at 978-441-0400 x250
Sponsor: American Textile History Museum, www.athm.org
Admission: Adults: $8, Seniors and Children: $6
Explore New England’s industrial architecture by building a mill village based on old maps with the Museum’s industry block set.  Learn about the invention of Lowell, MA in a series of videos about the city’s architectural history.

Middlesex Canal Bike Tour

Date & Time: Sunday, October 5, 9am
Location: Boston to Lowell, see below
Information: Contact leaders Bill Kuttner at 617-241-9383, or Dick Bauer at 857-540-6293
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free (MBTA fare not included)
The Lowell MBTA Station is the end point for the bike tour of the historic Middlesex Canal route.  Departs at 9am from Charlestown’s Sullivan T Station and travels to Lowell MBTA train station for a total of 38 miles.  Return via commuter rail on the 5pm train.  Fare is your responsibility.  Steady rain cancels.  Helmet required.  There is an option to join or leave at several intermediate stopping points near MBTA.  Please google “canal ride cue sheet” for route description and details.

Marshfield

Ancient Native American and Early 17th-Century Life in Marshfield

Date & Time: Sunday, October 5, 1pm
Location: Furnace Brook Middle School Auditorium, 500 Furnace Street (off of Route 139)
Information: 781-834-0100, www.marshfieldhistoricalsociety.org
Sponsor: Marshfield Historical Society
Admission: Members of the Marshfield Historical Society: $5, Non-Members: $10
In 2013, archaeologists from Archaeological and Historical Services, Inc. (AHS) conducted excavations in Marshfield.  Two sites date between 1,000 and 7,000 years old and demonstrate extensive exploitation of maritime, riverine and marshland resources by Native Americans.  AHS archaeologists also excavated a complete buried 17th-century earthfast house site.  The house was built without any stone or brick, and burned down before 1650, as evidenced by recovered artifacts and carbonized food remains.  By putting the ceramic pieces back together, archaeologists now know that there were at least 20 ceramic vessels on the site. There is enough data to be able to virtually set the table of this family, and put the food on it, because so many plant and animal remains have been uncovered.  This house is the only intact 17th-century house site in Plymouth Colony to be fully excavated by professional archaeologists, and provides a new window into early colonial lifeways.

Show and Tell Native American Artifact Identification: Learn More about Local Archaeology

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 14, 6-7:30pm
Location: Marshfield Public Library, 15 Library Plaza
Information: Contact Judy Macioci at 781-834-3403 or Dennis Martin at 781-585-9748
Sponsor: Massachusetts Archaeological Society, Massasoit Chapter
Admission: Free
Bring artifacts for identification by the Massasoit Chapter of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society.  Have the opportunity to see and touch artifacts from the South Shore area.  Learn about local historical and ancient period archaeology.

Medfield

Chiseled in Stone Doesn’t Mean Forever: A Review of Gravestones as to Their Permanency or Lack Thereof

Date & Time: Saturday, October 18, 10-11:30am
Location: Vine Lake Cemetery, 625 Main Street
Information: vinelakepreservationtrust@verizon.net
Sponsor: Vine Lake Preservation Trust, www.vinelakepreservationtrust.org
Admission: Free
Join us on a walking tour of the historic Vine Lake Cemetery and learn to identify and interpret gravestone, their composition, and permanence.

Medford

Middlesex Canal Bike Tour

Date & Time: Sunday, October 5, 9am
Location: Boston to Lowell, see below
Information: Contact leaders Bill Kuttner at 617-241-9383, or Dick Bauer at 857-540-6293
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free (MBTA fare not included)
This is a way point for the bike tour of the historic Middlesex Canal route.  Departs at 9am from Charlestown’s Sullivan T Station and travels to Lowell MBTA train station for a total of 38 miles.  Return via commuter rail on the 5pm train.  Fare is your responsibility.  Steady rain cancels.  Helmet required.  There is an option to join or leave at several intermediate stopping points near MBTA.  Please google “canal ride cue sheet” for route description and 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.

Massachusetts Archaeological Society Annual Meeting and 75th Anniversary Reception

Date & Time: Saturday, October 11, 1-5pm followed by reception
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 feature speakers on a variety of topics of interest to the general public.  The meeting with be followed by a reception in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society.  Visit our website at www.massarchaeology.org for a full program description.

Millis

Millis Historic Open House

Date & Time: Sunday, October 19, 12-3pm
Location: Niagara Fire Hall at 4 Exchange Street, Oak Grove Farm at 410 Exchange Street, and Ellice Schoolhouse at 185 Pleasant Street
Information:www.millishistory.org
Sponsor: Millis Historical Commission
Admission: Free
The Millis Historical Commission invites the public to visit and learn more about some of our town’s historic resources. The open house includes the Ellice Schoolhouse, built in 1849, the Niagara Firehouse, built in 1857, and the Oak Grove farm which has been in use as a farm since 1677.

Newbury

Dirt Detectives

Date & Time: Weekdays throughout October, 9am-3pm
Location: Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane
Information: www.historicnewengland.org
Sponsor: Historic New England
Admission: $6 per person
Science and History unite in this exciting archaeology program.  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 trap doors that reveal 300 years of history!  Sessions are two hours in duration.

North Adams

The (Mesoamerican) World Series

Date & Time: Saturday, October 4, 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
It is the time of year again for our national Pastime’s Fall Classic.  There was a time and place where a ballgame had far more at stake than a World Series ring and money.  The ancient Mesoamerican ballgame was no ordinary sport.  This illustrated lecture will take you “out to the ballgame” played by the Olmecs, the Maya, and the Aztecs.  We will witness its themes of good and evil, of life and death.  A game where the penalty for losing could be quite severe – sacrificing one’s life!

Archaeology: The World Tour

Date & Time: Saturday, October 18, 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
October 18th is International Archaeology Day, a worldwide celebration of archaeology.  This illustrated lecture will travel around the world to explore some of the most important, beautiful, and mysterious archaeological finds and sites.  A world tour of discovery and inspiration that allows us to see both the past and the future with a historical consciousness.

Pittsfield

Shaker Water Power, Renewable Energy, and Archaeology Tour

Date & Time: Sunday, October 5, 10:30am-12pm
Location: Meet at Hancock Shaker Village Visitor Center, 34 Lebanon Mountain Road, Hancock
Information: 413-443-0188, www.hancockshakervillage.org
Sponsor: Hancock Shaker Village
Admission: Free (Regular admission will apply to participants wishing to visit the rest of the village)
This “Green Tour” will focus on the Hancock Shakers’ 19th-century water power technology and other examples of renewable energy at the Village from the past and present.  Included will be a demonstration of the 1858 water power turbine, and an easy to moderate 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 (Mondays through Wednesdays, 10am-9pm; Thursdays, 10am-6pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 10am-5:30pm; and Sundays, 12:30-5pm)
Location: Plymouth Public Library, 132 South Street
Information: 508-830-4250, plref@ocln.org
Sponsor: Plymouth Public Library, www.plymouthpubliclibrary.org
Admission: Free
During the months of October and November, Plymouth Public Library will feature a display in the main library which will highlight items of archaeological interest.  Details about a related program will be forthcoming.  Please check our website for more specific information about our observance of Archaeology Month.

Demonstration: Stone Tool Making

Date & Time: Saturdays throughout October, 3-4pm
Location: Wampanoag Homesite, Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Avenue
Information: www.plimoth.org, 508-746-1622
Sponsor: Plimoth Plantation
Admission: Free with admission to Plimoth Plantation (Adults: $25.95, Children ages 5-12: $15, Members: Free)
The Wampanoag people traditionally made woodworking tools, projectile points, and other implements using the ancient technology of stone tool making.  Visit the recreated Wampanoag Homesite and meet Native staff, who will talk about the different ways stone can be worked, and demonstrate how grinding and pecking is used to make tools like fishing weights, axes, and adzes.

Walking Tour of Burial Hill

Date & Time: Saturday, October 4, 1pm
Location: Burial Hill, Town Square
Information: www.plimoth.org, www.plymouthantiquariansociety.org, 508-746-0012
Sponsor: Plymouth Antiquarian Society, Plimoth Plantation, and University of Massachusetts, Boston
Admission: Free
Many visitors appreciate the historic vistas observed from Burial Hill’s steep slopes, but considerable information about Plymouth’s past can be found underground.  Dr. David Landon from the University of Massachusetts, Boston’s Fiske Center for Archaeological Research and Dr. Karin Goldstein of Plimoth Plantation discuss archaeological developments in our understanding of early Plymouth from this exceptional vantage point.  Tour begins at the top of the Hill.

Architecture from Archaeology

Date & Time: Saturday, October 11, 11am-4pm, and Sunday, October 12, 11am-4pm
Location: Pilgrim Hall Museum, 75 Court Street
Information: www.pilgrimhallmuseum.org
Sponsor: Pilgrim Hall Museum
Admission: Adult: $8, Seniors: $7, Children (ages 6-15): $5, Families: $25
Archaeology has helped us understand the architecture of the 17th-century Plymouth Colony.  Archaeological artifacts recovered from 17th-century sites in the greater Plymouth area from Pilgrim Hall Museum’s and other collections will be on display along with other objects, documents, and photographs.  See how archaeology has contributed to, and raised questions about, Plymouth Colony’s architectural history.

Walking Tour: “The Industrial Archaeology of Town Brook”

Date & Time: Sunday, October 12, 2pm
Location: Plimoth Grist Mill (operated by Plimoth Plantation), 6 Spring Lane
Information: www.plimoth.org/mill, 508-746-1622
Sponsor: Plimoth Plantation
Admission: Free with admission to mill (Adults: $6, Children ages 5-12: $4.50, Members: Free)
Plymouth’s Town Brook has a rich industrial history that dates back to the 1630s, when Plymouth Colony authorized the construction of a mill to process corn.  Over the centuries many mills lined the banks, all utilizing water power generated by the brook.  Gradually the mills closed and dams have been removed.  Start your walking tour with a visit to the reproduction Plymouth Grist Mill, where you can learn how a water-powered mill works.  Continue along the banks of Town Brook with a Plimoth Plantation guide, who will talk about the many centuries of industry along the brook.

Evening Lecture on Recent Excavations at Burial Hill

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 15, 7pm
Location: Plymouth Public Library, Fehlow Room, 132 South Street
Information: www.plimoth.org, www.plymouthpubliclibrary.org
Sponsor: Plimoth Plantation and the Plymouth Public Library
Admission: Free
Project Archaeologist Dr. Christa Beranek from UMass Boston’s Fiske Center for Archaeology will present an update on the Fiske Center’s 2020 archaeology project at Burial Hill and downtown Plymouth. She will also describe the results of recent excavations by the Fiske Center near Jenney Pond.

Movie: Raiders of the Lost Ark (with commentary following)

Date & Time: Friday, October 17, 6:30pm
Location: Plimoth Cinema, Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Avenue
Information: www.plimoth.org/plimoth-cinema, 508-746-1622, x8877
Sponsor: Plimoth Plantation
Admission: Adult: $12, Students and Museum Members: $10, Plimoth Cinema Club Card holders: $9
Re-live the excitement of seeing this classic film that speaks to the adventurer in every archaeologist. With commentary from Professor Steve Mrozowski of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, it’s sure to be a fun experience. Plimoth Cinema features big screen and Dolby sound.

Lecture: Shedding New Light on Plymouth’s Archaeology

Date & Time: Thursday, October 23, 7pm
Location: Visitor Center Auditorium, Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Avenue
Information: www.plimoth.org, 508-746-1622
Sponsor: Plimoth Plantation and University of Massachusetts, Boston
Admission: Free
Professor David Landon from UMass Boston’s Fiske Center for Archaeology will discuss the collaborative partnership between the Fiske Center and Plimoth Plantation as we count down to the 2020 anniversary. How does Plymouth fit into the context of Atlantic history? What new light can be shed using 21st century archaeological techniques? Professor Landon will discuss results of the 2014 field season along School Street and the ongoing search for Plymouth’s original fortifications on Burial Hill.

What Lies Beneath?

Date & Time: Saturday, October 25, 1pm
Location: Burial Hill Burying Ground, Meet at the top of the main staircase to Burial Hill on School Street
Information: 781-706-5531, cheryle.burialhillfriend@verizon.net, june.burialhillfriend@hotmail.com
Sponsor: Friends of Burial Hill, www.friendsofburialhill.org
Admission: Free
What lies beneath?  An important question as interest in Burial Hill continues to rise and efforts to preserve the Hill push forward.  Can we learn anything new?  What archaeological techniques are available for use inn a burial ground?  Can we discover evidence of Plymouth’s earliest structures?  These are but a few of the topics Craig Chartier, Director and Principal Archaeologist of Plymouth Archaeological Rediscovery Project, will discuss on site.

Quincy

Lyons Turning Mill Site Tour

Date & Time: Saturday, October 4, 11am-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 continual 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.

Kids Dig It!

Date & Time: Saturday, October 18, 10am-4pm
Location: Adams National Historical Park “Peace Field”
Information: 617-770-1175, www.nps.gov/adam
Sponsor: Adams National Historical Park
Admission: Free
This program is a hands-on archaeological exploration of material culture at the Old House, home of the Adams family.  Children and families explore the art and science of digging into the past through a mock dig which spans from the early Native inhabitants through four generations of the Adams family who lived on the property.  This engaging, interactive educational experience encourages participants to “get their hands dirty” as they sift through the debris of the past to discover connections between their lives and the lives of the occupants of the Old House.

Rockland

A Day in the Life of Native American Children

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 15, 3-5pm
Location: Rockland Memorial Library, 20 Belmont Street
Information: www.rocklandmemoriallibrary.org
Sponsor: Friends of Rockland Memorial Library
Admission: Free
Through story telling, games, and hands-on activities, experience how Native American children spent a typical day more than 3,000 years ago.  Presented by Dave Burbine, local historian, and Judy Macioci, teacher/naturalist.

Salem

Geophysical Remote Sensing at the Pickering House in Salem

Date & Time: Sunday, October 5, 10am-3pm
Location: Pickering House, 18 Broad Street
Information: pickeringhouse1@gmail.com, www.pickeringhouse.org
Sponsor: The Pickering Foundation
Admission: $5
Drs. Emerson (Tad) Baker and Peter Sablock of Salem State University will speak about their 2014 Geophysical Remote Sensing findings and assess the evidence for the location of an older house on the property.  This structure, built by the first John Pickering, is to have been built just a short distance from where the barn currently stands.  Drs. Baker and Sablock will discuss their findings and the viability of a demonstration dig for October 2015.

Archaeological Discoveries at the North River Railroad Roundhouse Site

Date & Time: Saturday, October 18, 2-4pm
Location: Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street
Information: 401-288-6323, scherau@palinc.com
Sponsor: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and the Public Archaeology Laboratory, www.palinc.com
Admission: Free
Archaeologists and industrial historians from the Public Archaeology Laboratory will discuss the archaeological discoveries found at the site of the 19th-century Boston and Maine Railroad roundhouse along the North River in Salem.  The site was investigated in 2012 and 2013 prior to the start of construction on the new commuter rail station at the Bridge Street parking lot.  The foundation remains of the 1888 12-stall “round” engine house and associated masonry turntable pit were excavated and recorded during the archaeological investigations.  The large volume of data collected at the site were used to provide details about the 1888 roundhouse and turntable construction, and later modifications during the Boston and Maine Railroad’s transition from steam to diesel locomotive power.  The presentation will consist of a Powerpoint slide show, artifact show and tell, and question and answers from the audience.

Scituate

A Child’s Sanctuary: Discovering Our Maritime Heritage

Date & Time: Saturday, October 4, 2-4pm
Location: Scituate Town Library, 85 Branch Street
Information: anne-marie.runfola@noaa.gov, alattinville@ocln.org
Sponsor: Scituate Town Library and Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, www.scituatetownlibrary.org, stellwagen.noaa.gov
Admission: Free
Step into the past and dive beneath the waves to learn about the historic ship wrecks of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.  Explore the ocean floor and uncover the maritime secrets just off our shores.  Map a shipwreck, try on SCUBA diving gear, and learn about the fish and marine life that inhabit the Sanctuary.  Become a maritime archaeologist for a day through hands-on activities!  All ages; families welcome.

Sheffield

Sheffield Historical Society’s Spirit Walk

Date & Time: Saturday, October 25, 2-4pm
Location: Center Cemetery, Berkshire School Road
Information: 413-229-2694, shs@sheffieldhistory.org
Sponsor: Sheffield Historical Society, www.sheffieldhistory.org
Admission: Free
Come meet the friendly apparitions of 19th century Sheffield residents.  Sheffield Historical Society selects several graver markers in this local cemetery and conducts research on the lives of those buried there.  Actors learn about those former Sheffield townspeople and take on their personae for the Spirit Walk.  Families are invited to stroll around the cemetery, listen to their stories, and ask them questions about their lives.

Somerville

Middlesex Canal Bike Tour

Date & Time: Sunday, October 5, 9am
Location: Boston to Lowell, see below
Information: Contact leaders Bill Kuttner at 617-241-9383, or Dick Bauer at 857-540-6293
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free (MBTA fare not included)
This is a way point for the bike tour of the historic Middlesex Canal route.  Departs at 9am from Charlestown’s Sullivan T Station and travels to Lowell MBTA train station for a total of 38 miles.  Return via commuter rail on the 5pm train.  Fare is your responsibility.  Steady rain cancels.  Helmet required.  There is an option to join or leave at several intermediate stopping points near MBTA.  Please google “canal ride cue sheet” for route description and details.

Springfield

The Power and the Glory: Ancient Egypt

Date & Time: Thursday, October 9, 12:15pm
Location: Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street, Davis Auditorium
Information: www.springfieldmuseums.org
Sponsor: Springfield Museums
Admission: Museum Members: $2, Non-Members: $4
Explore the tombs, monuments, and artifacts that reveal the preoccupations and secrets of this great ancient civilization.  Understand art forms and symbolism.  Learn about Egyptian gods, pharaohs, kings and queens, as well as commonplace objects used by ordinary people in their daily work and worship.  A power point presentation will be followed by a 20 minute slide show of photography taken by the speaker will be set to Egyptian music.  Tickets can be purchased in the Welcome Center.  Visitors are invited to bring lunch (cookies and coffee are provided).

Stoneham

Along the Ravine: a Walking Tour of Haywardville

Date & Time: Saturday, October 11, 10am (Rain date: Saturday October 18, 10am)

Location: Meet at Virginia Woods Parking Area on Pond Street, Stoneham
Information: 781-241-7253, info@preservation-collaborative.com, www.preservation-collaborative.com
Sponsor: Medford, Malden, Melrose, and Stoneham, Cultural Councils, Tufts University, and Massachusetts DCR
Admission: Free
Join us to explore Haywardville on Spot Pond Brook.  Historian Ryan D. Hayward will lead a 90 minute excursion through the remains of this vanished village.  Guests will be in for a treat, enjoying a leisurely, in depth tour of the remnants.  In addition, it offers a rare opportunity to learn about the story less heard: of the people who once called this place home, and how the Middlesex Fells came into being.  All welcome!

Sturbridge

A Closer Look at the Bixby House

Date & Time: Saturday, October 11, 10am
Location: Old Sturbridge Village, 29 Stallion Hill Road
Information: www.osv.org
Sponsor: Old Sturbridge Village
Admission: Adults: $24, Seniors: $22, Youths: $8, Children under 3: Free
Blacksmith Emerson Bixby, his wife Laura, and their three daughters lived in a modest home in Barre, MA from the 1820’s into the 1870’s.  That home was moved to Old Sturbridge Village in the mid 1980’s.  Learn about the extensive historical and archaeological research done of the Bixby House, and the insights discovered about the family that lived in it.

Sudbury

Sudbury Plantation Uncovered: Archaeological Evidence

Date & Time: Sunday, October 5, 2pm
Location: Sudbury Town Hall, 322 Concord Road
Information: 978-443-3747, sudburyhist01776@verizon.net
Sponsor: Sudbury Historical Society
Admission: Free
Learn about the archaeological evidence of the first colonists in what is now Wayland.  Presented by Tanya Largy, a Wayland resident and a consultant specializing in the analysis of plant and animal remains from archaeological sites.

Townsend

A Village Hooped in Steel: A Walking Tour of Fessenden Hill

Date & Time: Sunday, October 12, 1pm (Rain date: Sunday, October 19, 1pm)
Location: Fessenden Hill Road (GPS directions are 40 West Hill Road in Brookline, NH), Park on the cul-de-sac, meet at the Fessenden Hill Road gate
Information: 781-241-7253, info@preservation-collaborative.com
Sponsor: Townsend Historical Society
Admission: $12 per person, Free to Townsend Historical Society Members
Join us to explore Townsend’s forgotten neighborhoods. Historian Ryan D. Hayward will lead an hour long excursion through the northern section of Fessenden Hill Road.  Guests will be in for a treat, enjoying a leisurely in-depth tour of the remnants along the road.  In addition, it offers a rare opportunity to learn about the story less heard: of people who once called this place home and how Townsend State Forest came into being.  All welcome!

Upton

The Upton Chamber Update

Date & Time: Saturday, October 25, 9am-12pm
Location: Nipmuc High School, 90 Pleasant Street, Second floor Professional Development Room
Information: www.upton.ma.us/pages/uptonma_bcomm/historical/index
Sponsor: Upton Historical Commission
Admission: Free
In the fall of 2011 the Upton Historical Commission completed an archaeological survey and reconstructed the collapsing entrance way to the Upton Stone Chamber.  Five presenters will come together to talk about this important Place including John Meagher (historical information), David Stewart Smith (restoration of the entranceway), Marty Dudeck (archaeological survey results), David Gutbrod (ground penetrating radar results), and Doug Harris (Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office: FCC nomination for eligibility for National Register).

Waltham

Archaeology Backpack for “Take a Walk”

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; Members: Free
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

Archaeology Squared: Adventures in Mapping

Date & Time: Saturday, October 18, 2pm
Location: Wayland Town Building, 41 Cohituate Road, Large Hearing Room
Information: 508-358-4646, tonya.largy@verizon.net
Sponsor: Wayland Historical Commission, www.wayland.ma.us/pages/waylandma_bcomm/historicalcom/index
Admission: Free
Alf Berry is a third generation land surveyor and University of Maine graduate with a wide variety of experience and interests.  His archaeological heritage goes back to 1910 when his grandfather was the first surveyor in Mesa Verde National Park, mapping various structures of the Anasazi Indians.  He will talk about his own work in Belize and Wyoming as a team surveyor and mapper of Mayan and Shoshone Indian sites.

Westwood

Charcoal before the Briquet: A Brief History of the Charcoal Industry

Date & Time: Saturday, October 25, 1-2pm
Location: Hale Reservation, 80 Carby Street, Cat Rock Pavilion
Information: 781-326-1770 x13, goconnell@halreservation.org
Sponsor: Hale Reservation, www.halereservation.org
Admission: Free
Charcoal has been used for thousands of years.  Native Americans were making charcoal at the time of European contact.  With the discovery of iron ore and gabbro on the Massachusetts coast, charcoal became an important commodity for smelting iron.  We will explore the history of charcoal, the process of wood distillation, the influence on ecology and industry, and the uses of charcoal.  A short walk to a historic charcoal hearth will follow this illustrated presentation.

Wilmington

Middlesex Canal Bike Tour

Date & Time: Sunday, October 5, 9am
Location: Boston to Lowell, see below
Information: Contact leaders Bill Kuttner at 617-241-9383, or Dick Bauer at 857-540-6293
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free (MBTA fare not included)
The Wilmington MBTA Station is a way point for the bike tour of the historic Middlesex Canal route.  Departs at 9am from Charlestown’s Sullivan T Station and travels to Lowell MBTA train station for a total of 38 miles.  Return via commuter rail on the 5pm train.  Fare is your responsibility.  Steady rain cancels.  Helmet required.  There is an option to join or leave at several intermediate stopping points near MBTA.  Please google “canal ride cue sheet” for route description and details.

Winchester

Middlesex Canal Bike Tour

Date & Time: Sunday, October 5, 9am
Location: Boston to Lowell, see below
Information: Contact leaders Bill Kuttner at 617-241-9383, or Dick Bauer at 857-540-6293
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free (MBTA fare not included)
The Sandy Beach/Wedgemere MBTA is a way point for the bike tour of the historic Middlesex Canal route.  Departs at 9am from Charlestown’s Sullivan T Station and travels to Lowell MBTA train station for a total of 38 miles.  Return via commuter rail on the 5pm train.  Fare is your responsibility.  Steady rain cancels.  Helmet required.  There is an option to join or leave at several intermediate stopping points near MBTA.  Please google “canal ride cue sheet” for route description and details.

Woburn

Middlesex Canal Bike Tour

Date & Time: Sunday, October 5, 9am
Location: Boston to Lowell, see below
Information: Contact leaders Bill Kuttner at 617-241-9383, or Dick Bauer at 857-540-6293
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free (MBTA fare not included)
The Kiwanis Park is a way point for the bike tour of the historic Middlesex Canal route.  Departs at 9am from Charlestown’s Sullivan T Station and travels to Lowell MBTA train station for a total of 38 miles.  Return via commuter rail on the 5pm train.  Fare is your responsibility.  Steady rain cancels.  Helmet required.  There is an option to join or leave at several intermediate stopping points near MBTA.  Please google “canal ride cue sheet” for route description and details.

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