Massachusetts Archaeology Month October 2017

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The 2017 Massachusetts Archaeology Month Poster

From the State Archaeologist

From the Secretary of the Commonwealth

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Archaeology Month 2017 Event Information

Acton Concord Medford Sturbridge
Amherst Deerfield Middleborough Taunton
Andover Duxbury Newton Townsend
Barnstable Hamilton North Adams Waltham
Berkley Ipswich Plymouth Wayland
Beverly Lakeville Quincy Wellfleet
Billerica Lexington Scituate Wellesley
Boston Lincoln Somerville West Stockbridge
Brewster Lowell Springfield Wilmington
Cambridge Marshfield Stoneham Winchester
      Woburn

Event Listings

Pre-Archaeology Month Events

Boston

Privies and Peach Pits: Public Health in Puritan Boston

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 27, 6-8 pm
Location: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury Street
Information: www.historic.bostons.org
Sponsor: Partnerships of Historic Bostons
Admission: Free
From 17th century peach pits to DNA, the past reveals its stories in new ways. Hear the story of disease and public health, through artifacts and the first health legislation.

Violence, Disease, and Public Medicine in the Pequot and the King Philip’s Wars

Date & Time: Saturday, September 30, 6-8 pm
Location: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street
Information: www.historic.bostons.org
Sponsor: Partnerships of Historic Bostons
Admission: Free
How did Natives and Colonists live with conflict and disease, and how did surgeons respond to the challenges on the battlefield? Two experts reveal the reality of some of New England’s bloodiest wars through tangible objects.

Archaeology Month Events

Listed alphabetically by town

Acton

From Hills to Islands: Ancient Adaptations by Native Americans in Boston Harbor

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 17, 7pm
Location: Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main Street
Information: 978-929-6655
Sponsor: Friends of Pine Hawk, Acton Memorial Library
Admission: Free
Archaeologist Mary Dudek describes how researchers reconstruct activities and diet of past peoples using the example of the Spectacle Island site, excavated during the Big Dig.  Some 6,000 years ago, Boston was well inland from the ocean, but sea levels rose, inundating the coastal plain around the hills east of Boston. Ancient Native Americans lost no time adapting to the change. Spectacle Island preserved a wonderful record of several thousand years of clam bakes, fishing, and other activities.  Please confirm the event date in the library's online calendar, and check for additional archaeology events planned for November.

Children’s Program: “A Look into a Native American Toolbox”

Date & Time: Thursday, October 19, 3pm
Location: Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main Street
Information: 978-929-6655
Sponsor: Friends of Pine Hawk, Acton Memorial Library
Admission: Free
Archaeologist Craig Chartier introduces children to the technology of flint knapping (stone tool production) as represented at Acton's own Pine Hawk archaeological site.  Participants will get the chance to see a demonstration in flint-knapping by Craig, and to participate in hand's on activities related to geology, stone tool making and use. Please confirm the event date in the library's online calendar, and check for additional archaeology events planned for November.

Edward Lodi on his New Book: “The Pequot War”

Date & Time: Saturday, October 21, 2pm
Location: Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main Street
Information: 978-929-6655
Sponsor: Friends of Pine Hawk, Acton Memorial Library
Admission: Free
In 1637, the Puritans of Massachusetts and the colony of Connectivut declared war on the powerful Pequots. What had the Pequots done? Why did the Narragansetts and Mohegans side with the colonists? What role did the Dutch play? And why did Plymouth Colony refuse Massachusetts' request for assistance? Author Edward Lodi will answer these and other questions. Please confirm the event date in the library's online calendar, and check for additional archaeology events planned for November.

Hidden History Hike: Archaeological Remains in Our Local Woods

Date & Time: Sunday, October 22, 1pm
Location: The Discovery Museums/Great Hill Conservation Land, 177 Main Street, Acton
Information: www.discoverymuseums.org, fun@discoverymuseums.org, 978-264-4200
Sponsor: The Discovery Museums
Admission: Free with regular admission ($12.50)       
Join local archaeologist Kimberley Connors to discover the hidden history of Acton's Great Hill Conservation Land. Our two-mile hike will highlight the archaeological remains of our recent farming past, as well as the longer Native American occupation, which lasted thousands of years.  We will discuss how humans were able to survive and thrive in this rich environment. The trails are not ADA or stroller accessible. Please wear the proper footwear.  This two-mile guided hike is free with museum admission. Please note that while the Children's Discovery Museum and Discovery Woods will be open to visitors; the Science Discovery Museum will be closed for renovation.

Amherst

Digging at the Dickinson

Date & Time: Sunday, October 21, 10:00 am
Location: Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street
Information: www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org
Sponsor: Emily Dickinson Museum  
Admission: Free to members, $5 for non-members

View Emily Dickinson’s world through the eyes of an archaeologist during this presentation and walking tour at the Museum. Faculty and members of the University of Massachusetts Amherst archaeological field school will present findings from their work on the grounds of the Emily Dickinson Museum in the summer of 2017. Their work sheds new light on the location of a former Dickinson family barn and well, and on the recently reconstructed Dickinson conservatory site. In 2017, archeobotany was a feature of the field school for the first time. This special branch of archeology studies plant remains in the soil and will help to illuminate Dickinson's 19th century environment. See firsthand how archaeology informs the Museum’s preservation and restoration projects!

UMass Archaeological Services Open Lab

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 24, 2:30-4:30pm
Location: E-15 Machmer Hall, 240 Hicks Way
Information: ericjohnson@anthro.umass.edu
Sponsor: UMass Archaeological Services
Admission: Free
UMass Archaeological Services will open its archaeology lab for an afternoon of activities and presentations. Visitors are welcome to view artifacts from some of our many projects and learn the stories the artifacts can tell.  Members of our staff will be on hand to identify artifacts visitors may bring in.  Students will present on projects they have done or are doing through our Independent Study course and our Summer Field School.

Andover

Massachusetts Archaeological Society Northeast Chapter Meeting

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 17, 7pm
Location: Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology, 180 Main Street
Information: info.nechapter@massarchaeology.org
Sponsor: Massachusetts Archaeological Society, www.massarchaeology.org
Admission: Free
Join the MAS Northeast Chapter for its monthly free lectures by experts in archaeology and history.  We meet at the historic R.S. Peabody Museum on the campus of Phillips Academy in Andover on the third Tuesday of the month from September to May.  Lectures are free and open to the public.  Find us on Facebook or see www.massarchaeology.org for more information.

Barnstable

Cotuit Archaeology with Craig Chartier

Date & Time: Saturday, October 21, 2pm
Location: Cotuit Library, 871 Main Street
Information: www.cotuitlibrary.org
Sponsor: Cotuit Library
Admission: Free, reservations requested
Come listen to Craig Chartier, the Director of the Plymouth Archaeological Rediscovery Project, as he discusses the archaeological history of the seaside village of Cotuit.  This event is free, but registration is requested. Please call 508-428-8141 or visit cotuitlibrary.org/events/#register

Berkley

“A Place of Stone” by Douglas Hunter

Date & Time: Sunday, October 8, 1pm CANCELLED
Location: Dighton Rock Museum, Dighton Rock State Park, Bayview Avenue
Information: 508-822-7537
Sponsor: Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Friends of Dighton Rock  
Admission: Free, donations welcome
Douglas Hunter, PhD, will present on his newly published book entitled "A Place of Stone." Dighton Rock is a forty-ton boulder covered in petroglyphs located in southern Massachusetts, and is claimed by many to be the most frequently documented artifact in American archaeology. First noted by colonists in 1680, the rock's markings have been debated by scholars and everyday people alike on both sides of the Atlantic.  The glyphs have been erroneously assigned to an array of non-indigenous cultures.  Historian Douglas Hunter uses Dighton Rock to reveal the long, complex history of colonization, American archaeology, and the conceptualization of indigenous people.  Reception and book-signing will follow the talk.

Beverly

What’s Under Our Feet?

Date & Time: Saturday, October 14, 11am-1pm
Location: Cabot House, 117 Cabot Street, Beverly
Information: www.beverlyhistory.org, info@beverlyhistory.org
Sponsor: Historic Beverly
Admission: Adults: $15, Children: $10, Free for family memberships.
Come learn about the archaeology of Beverly with an arts and crafts archaeology puzzle! Design your own paper pot, tear it up, and let a friend try to piece it back together.  Afterwards, come enjoy some of the unique archaeological finds from around Beverly and learn about how we use archaeology to understand the past. All are welcome!

Billerica

Middlesex Canal Bike Tour

Date & Time: Saturday, October 1, 9am
Location: Sullivan Square MBTA Station, Charlestown to Lowell
Information: www.middlesexcanal.org
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free (Return MBTA Commuter Rail fare is participants' responsibility)
Bike tour of historic Middlesex Canal Route (38 miles). Depart 9am from Charlestown (Sullivan T Station) to Lowell (MBTA Train Station). Return to Boston via commuter rail on 5pm train. Fare is your responsibility. Join or leave at several intermediate stopping points including Sandy Beach, Winchester; Kiwanis Park, Woburn; Wilmington MBTA Station; Middlesex Canal Museum near North Billerica MBTA Station. Google "Canal Ride Cue Sheet" for route description/details.

Walk Along Middlesex Canal

Date & Time: Sunday, October 15, 1:30pm
Location: Middlesex Canal Museum, 71 Faulkner Street
Information: Robert Winters (robert@middlesexcanal.org), www.middlesexcanal.org
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association
Admission: Free
Joint MCA-AMC Middlesex Canal Fall Walk. Meet at 1:30 at the Middlesex Canal Museum in North Billerica. The walk will follow the route of the canal southward and return, for a trip of approximately 3 miles. Wayside sites include the guard locks, the site of the floating towpath bridge at the Concord River "summit," the 1825 pond level marker, and the nearby smallpox memorial marker.

Fall Meeting and Lecture

Date & Time: Sunday, October 22, 1pm
Location: Middlesex Canal Museum, 71 Faulkner Street
Information: 978-670-2740, www.middlesexcanal.org
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association
Admission: Free
Middlesex Canal Fall Meeting and Lecture on a subject related to the canal era. Speaker and topic to be determined. Please check with event organizer for additional information

Boston

11th Annual AIA-MOS Archaeology Fair

Date & Time: Saturday, October 14, 10am-4pm
Location: Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston
Information: https://www.archaeological.org/education/aiamosfair
Sponsor: Archaeological Institute of America; Museum of Science
Admission: Free with museum admission (Adults: $25, Seniors: $21, Children: $20)
Join the Archaeological Institute of America and the Museum of Science, Boston, for a day of archaeological discovery! Learn about the humans of the past through hands-on activities, live demonstrations, and by speaking with our presenters. Join us for International Archaeology Day!

Middlesex Canal Bike Tour

Date & Time: Saturday, October 1, 9am
Location: Sullivan Square MBTA Station, Charlestown to Lowell
Information: www.middlesexcanal.org
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free (Return MBTA Commuter Rail fare is participants' responsibility)
Bike tour of historic Middlesex Canal Route (38 miles). Depart 9am from Charlestown (Sullivan T Station) to Lowell (MBTA Train Station). Return to Boston via commuter rail on 5pm train. Fare is your responsibility. Join or leave at several intermediate stopping points including Sandy Beach, Winchester; Kiwanis Park, Woburn; Wilmington MBTA Station; Middlesex Canal Museum near North Billerica MBTA Station. Google "Canal Ride Cue Sheet" for route description/details.

“A Place of Stone” by Douglas Hunter

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 10, 11:30am
Location: The Atrium, basement of 251 Causeway Street
Information: ellen.berkland@state.ma.us
Sponsor: Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Diversity and Inclusion Council   
Admission: Free
Douglas Hunter, PhD, will present on his newly published book entitled "A Place of Stone." Dighton Rock is a forty-ton boulder covered in petroglyphs located in southern Massachusetts, and is claimed by many to be the most frequently documented artifact in American archaeology. First noted by colonists in 1680, the rock's markings have been debated by scholars and everyday people alike on both sides of the Atlantic.  The glyphs have been erroneously assigned to an array of non-indigenous cultures.  Historian Douglas Hunter uses Dighton Rock to reveal the long, complex history of colonization, American archaeology, and the conceptualization of indigenous people.  Reception and book-signing will follow the talk.

Stories in Stone: America through Its Early Burial Grounds

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 11, 6-7:30pm
Location: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury Street
Information: 617-226-1226, education@nehgs.org, AmericanAncestors.org
Sponsor: New England Historic Genealogical Society, AmericanAncesters.org
Admission: Free
Burial grounds are outdoor museums: accessible and are open to all.  The stones reveal the history of the town and its people. Join Ta Mara Conde, a monument conservator with Historic Gravestone Services, for a visual tour of America through its early burial grounds. Discover the meaning behind symbols adorning historic gravestones, understand society's changing attitudes towards death, and learn about the geology found in your local burial ground. Unearth the stories hidden in the stones.

“I Found Jesus in the Privy:” Irish Tenement Life in 19th Century Roxbury

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 11, 7-9pm
Location: Haley House Café, 12 Dade Street
Information: ellen.berkland@state.ma.us
Sponsor: Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Roxbury Historical Society
Admission: Free
DCR Archaeologist Ellen Berkland will show the results of recent excavations that have revealed exciting new data on 19th century tenement life in the city of Boston. The artifact collection represents a short period of site use and includes items related to personal grooming, cooking, children's play, schooling, religion, construction, and international politics. The collection provides important insights into immigrant lives and Roxbury history.  Come early and enjoy a delicious dinner or dessert at the Haley House Cafe.

Archaeology Day at Boston University

Date & Time: Sunday, October 22, 12-3pm
Location: 675 Commonwealth Avenue, STO 253 (Gabel Museum)
Information: Kathleen Forste (kmforste@bu.edu)
Sponsor: Boston University, Department of Archaeology
Admission: Free
At Boston University's Archaeology Day, we open up the department collections to the public and host hands-on activities and demonstrations with real BU archaeologists!  Come talk to the experts and learn how past people made and used technology, how we discover them, and how we learn from them.  Demonstrations include: stone tool making, cross-mending ceramics, and identifying ancient plants, bones, and other materials.

Gallery Talks: Ancient Egypt and Nubia, Archaeology and Conservation at the MFA

Date & Time: Sunday, October 22, 2-3pm
Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue
Information: www.mfa.org
Sponsor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Admission: Free with regular admission (Members: Free, Adults: $25, Seniors: $23, Students: $23, Children under 6: Free)
Join art conservators for a gallery talk in the Egyptian and Nubian galleries. While viewing select archaeological objects, hear about how museum staff, including curators, conservators, and scientists, worked together to study ancient Egyptian and Nubian artworks. Every object had a unique history that can be explored through its materials, techniques, and display. Learn about different conservations approaches used in the field and at the museum.

Brewster

Taylor Bray Farm Update

Date & Time: Saturday, October 7, 1 pm
Location: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main Street/Route 6A
Information: www.ccmnh.org
Sponsor: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Admission: Free with admission (Adults: $15, Seniors: $10, Children ages 3-12: $6, Children under 3: Free)
The 2016 excavation at the Taylor Bray Farm investigated the area around the ca.1640 Richard Taylor house that was discovered back in 2012.  Archaeologists identified colonial trash deposits, two 17th-century farm buildings (the only ones yet discovered on Cape Cod), and a 6000-8000 year old Native American projectile point. The 2016 dig represented the last year that work would be conducted on this important site. This talk will present a summary of all that the Taylor Bray Farm community archaeology program has found over the years at this very important archaeological site.

Wing Island Guided Walk

Date & Time: Saturday, October 21, 10 am
Location: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main Street/Route 6A
Information: www.ccmnh.org
Sponsor: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Admission: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History Members: $3, Non-Members: $5
Join archaeologist Dan Zoto for a guided walk of Wing Island, the location of the Wing Island Archaeology Project. Learn the history of the island and its varied uses throughout thousands of years.

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History Artifact Identification Day

Date & Time: Saturday, October 21, 12-3:00pm
Location: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main Street/Route 6A
Information: www.ccmnh.org
Sponsor: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Admission: Free with admission (Adults: $15, Seniors: $10, Children ages 3-12: $6, Children under 3: Free)
Join archaeologist Dan Zoto and the rest of the CCMNH Archaeology team. View artifacts from local excavations including from the Wing Island Archaeology Project, and learn about the archaeology of the area. Visitors are encouraged to bring artifacts for identification.

Cambridge

Zooarchaeology Laboratory Open House

Date & Time: Monday, October 9, 12:00-4:00pm
Location: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, 11 Divinity Avenue
Information: 617-495-8317, www.peabody.harvard.edu
Sponsor: Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University
Admission: Free with regular museum admission (Adults: $12, Seniors: $10, Youth: $8)
Visit behind the scenes of a museum laboratory that helps archaeologists identify the animal bones found on their excavations. Researchers who study animal remains from ancient human-occupation sites (zooarchaeologists) demonstrate how this is done by using skeletons of modern animals. If you have found a bone in your backyard, bring it in with you and get it identified! A favorite archaeology event for children and for home-schoolers!

Divine Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt

Date & Time: Thursday, October 12, 6pm
Location: Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, please check the website for location
Information: https://hmsc.harvard.edu/calendar/upcoming
Sponsor: Harvard Semitic Museum
Admission: Free
Enjoy this slideshow and talk from Dr. Salima Ikram, an Egyptologist and Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo. Professor Salima Ikram is the world's leading expert of animal mummies, and is the founder of the Animal Mummy project at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. She is the author of several books and articles on Egyptian archaeology, a contributor to both academic and popular journals, and she has conducted extensive archaeological research throughout Egypt.

Concord

Parker’s Revenge: The New Evidence

Date & Time: Saturday, October 7, 1pm
Location: Minute Man Visitor Center, along 2A in Lexington near the I-95 interchange
Information: leslie_obleschuk@nps.gov, www.nps.gov/mima
Sponsor: Minute Man National Historical Park
Admission: Free
Archaeologist Meg Watters will share details about the Parker's Revenge Archaeology Project, which was successful in locating a key Revolutionary War battle site from April 19, 1775.  Following the presentation, Park Ranger Jim Hollister, joined by His Majesty's 10th Regiment of Foot, will lead a walk out to the scene of action. The re-enactors will demonstrate how we believe the battle was fought, based on the results from the excavations. This program will feature musket firing.

Archaeological Finds at Minute Man National Historical Park

Date & Time: Saturday, October 21, 1pm
Location: Major John Buttrick House (across from North Bridge Visitors Center, 174 Liberty Street)
Information: leslie_obleschuk@nps.gov, www.nps.gov/mima
Sponsor: Minute Man National Historical Park
Admission: Free
Join Nikki Walsh of the Museum Services Center Northeast Region of the National Park Service for a presentation of various artifacts found throughout the Park.  See the artifacts and learn the stories behind where the items were found and how they were used in the historical context.

Hands-On History: Digging into the Past

Date & Time: Sunday, October 8, 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, Members: Free
Bring your family and get hands-on with history in this program focusing on Native American artifacts. Dig into Concord's past with an archaeological test pit. Event included with museum admission, members free.

Collections Spotlight: Native American Stone Tools

Date & Time: Saturday, October 21, 1-3pm
Location: Concord Museum, 53 Cambridge Turnpike
Information: www.concordmuseum.org
Sponsor: Concord Museum
Admission: Adults: $10, Seniors (62 and over): $8, Students (18 and over with valid ID): $8, Children: $5, Children 5 and under: Free, Members: Free
Collection Spotlight shares the histories and stories of the objects at the Concord Museum. On October 21st, drop in to learn more about the museum's collection of over 17,000 stone tools, which were used by Native Americans in the region thousands of years ago. Observe, touch, and sketch real stone tools. Event included with museum admission, members free.

Deerfield

Guided Tour of the Old Burying Ground

Date & Time: Saturday, October 14, 11am
Location: Meet at the Old Burying Ground on Albany Road
Information: ccarlson@historic-deerfield.org
Sponsor: Historic Deerfield
Admission: Free
Come join a guided tour of the Old Burying Ground on Albany Road with Historic Deerfield's Program Coordinator, Claire Carlson.  Please meet at the site. Free and open to the public.

The Ground around Us: the Importance of Archaeology and Historic Preservation

Date & Time: Sunday, October 15, 2pm
Location: Visitor Center at Hall Tavern, Historic Deerfield, 80 A Old Main Street
Information: ccarlson@historic-deerfield.org
Sponsor: Historic Deerfield
Admission: Free
Come listen to a lecture titled "The Ground around Us: The Importance of Archaeology and Historic Preservation," given by Nick Bellantoni, Emeritus Connecticut State Archaeologist.

Duxbury

Plymouth Colony during King Philip’s War

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 10, 7-9pm
Location: Duxbury Free Library, Merry Room, 77 Alden Street
Information: David Burbine: 781-264-8430, d.p.burbine@gmail.com
Sponsor: Duxbury Free Library
Admission: Free
Revisit the brutal war of 1675-1676 between the local natives and the settlers of Plymouth Colony. Independent researcher Gregory M. Lott will discuss the early friendship that existed between Massasoit, Chief Sachem of the Wampanoag Nation, and Plymouth Colony leaders William Bradford and Edward Winslow.  Follow the precursors that would lead to a battle by the sons of these men.

Hamilton

Stone Wall Traditions and Techniques

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 18, 7-8:30pm
Location: Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union Street
Information: 978-468-5577, hwlibrary.org
Sponsor: Hamilton-Wenham Public Library
Admission: Free
Kevin Gardner, author of “The Granite Kiss,” covers the history, technique, stylistic development, and aesthetics of New England stone walls. He will explain how and why New England acquired its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways they were built, how their styles emerged, changed, and how they influenced the landscape.

Ipswich

Brown Bag Lunch: The Bull Brook Story

Date & Time: Monday, October 2, 12:00 pm
Location: Ipswich Museum, 54 South Main Street
Information: www.ipswichmuseum.org/calendar
Sponsor: Ipswich Museum 
Admission: Free to members and Ipswich seniors, $5 for non-members
Speaker Chris Wright, former librarian of the Ipswich Middle School, will discuss her research on the Bull Brook archaeological site.  Brown Bag Lunches are at noon on the first Monday of each month at the Ipswich Museum's Head House.

Lakeville

Archaeology Day in Lakeville: What’s in Your Backyard?

Date & Time: Saturday, October 21, 1-4pm
Location: Lakeville Library, Gallery Room, 4 Precinct Street
Information: www.lakevillelibrary.org
Sponsor: Massachusetts Archaeological Society, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Lakeville Historical Commission
Admission: Free
Come celebrate International Archaeology Day! Come learn about the First People who lived in this place we now call Lakeville, how they lived, what they made, what they ate, what they believed, and where they are today.  Introductory power point presentation at 1pm, followed by activities for all ages.

Lexington

Parker’s Revenge: The New Evidence

Date & Time: Saturday, October 7, 1pm
Location: Minute Man Visitor Center, along 2A in Lexington near the I-95 interchange
Information: leslie_obleschuk@nps.gov, www.nps.gov/mima
Sponsor: Minute Man National Historical Park
Admission: Free
Archaeologist Meg Watters will share details about the Parker's Revenge Archaeology Project, which was successful in locating a key Revolutionary War battle site from April 19, 1775. Following the presentation, Park Ranger Jim Hollister, joined by His Majesty's 10th Regiment of Foot, will lead a walk out to the scene of action. The re-enactors will demonstrate how we believe the battle was fought, based on the results from the excavations. This program will feature musket firing.

Archaeological Finds at Minute Man National Historical Park

Date & Time: Saturday, October 21, 1pm
Location: Major John Buttrick House (across from North Bridge Visitors Center, 174 Liberty Street), Concord
Information: leslie_obleschuk@nps.gov, www.nps.gov/mima
Sponsor: Minute Man National Historical Park
Admission: Free
Join Nikki Walsh of the Museum Services Center Northeast Region of the National Park Service for a presentation of various artifacts found throughout the Park.  See the artifacts and learn the stories behind where the items were found and how they were used in the historical context.

Lincoln

Archaeological Finds at Minute Man National Historical Park

Date & Time: Saturday, October 21, 1pm
Location: Major John Buttrick House (across from North Bridge Visitors Center, 174 Liberty Street), Concord
Information: leslie_obleschuk@nps.gov, www.nps.gov/mima
Sponsor: Minute Man National Historical Park
Admission: Free
Join Nikki Walsh of the Museum Services Center Northeast Region of the National Park Service for a presentation of various artifacts found throughout the Park.  See the artifacts and learn the stories behind where the items were found and how they were used in the historical context.

Lowell

Middlesex Canal Bike Tour

Date & Time: Saturday, October 1, 9am
Location: Sullivan Square MBTA Station, Charlestown to Lowell
Information: www.middlesexcanal.org
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free (Return MBTA Commuter Rail fare is participants' responsibility)
Bike tour of historic Middlesex Canal Route (38 miles). Depart 9am from Charlestown (Sullivan T Station) to Lowell (MBTA Train Station). Return to Boston via commuter rail on 5pm train. Fare is your responsibility. Join or leave at several intermediate stopping points including Sandy Beach, Winchester; Kiwanis Park, Woburn; Wilmington MBTA Station; Middlesex Canal Museum near North Billerica MBTA Station. Google "Canal Ride Cue Sheet" for route description/details.

Archaeology-Themed Boat Tour

Date & Time: Saturday, October 7, 12-1:30pm (arrive at 11:30 am)
Location: Lowell National Historical Park Visitors Center, 246 Market Street. Parking available at 304 Dutton Street
Information: Reservations 978-970-5000, Information at www.nps.gov/lowe
Sponsor: Lowell National Historical Park
Admission: Adults: $12, Seniors: $10, Students and Youth (6-16): $8,, Children under 5: Free
Lowell National Historical Park staff will infuse this special "Working the Water" boat tour with an archaeological theme. Who dug the canals? Who laid the stone walls? Who operated the locks and gates? Discover the human stories of the workers who built and operated Lowell's remarkable waterpower system.  Find out who is still "working the water" today.  Reservations required, please call 978-970-5000.

Lowell Waterpower Sites and Systems

Date & Time: Saturday, October 14, 11:30-1 pm
Location: Lowell National Historical Park Visitors Center, 246 Market Street. Parking available at 304 Dutton Street
Information: Reservations 978-970-5000, Information at www.nps.gov/lowe
Sponsor: Lowell National Historical Park
Admission: Free
Visit the historic remains of the Tremont and Suffolk Mills, examples of 19th century waterpower systems. The Tremont Mills and the Suffolk Manufacturing Company were each incorporated in 1831 and were later merged into one company in 1871.  The technology which powered the Tremont Mills remains visible in the basement of an office building, while the Tremont mill yard retains remnants of mill features and waterpower systems. The tour concludes at the Suffolk Mill, where turbines from 1896 are still in place.

Marshfield

Ancient Visitors to North America? Archaeological Facts and Fantasies.

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 11, 7-8:30pm
Location: Ventress Memorial Library, 15 Library Plaza, 1837 Ocean Street
Information: 781-834-5535, cwoods@ocln.org, www.ventresslibrary.org
Sponsor: Ventress Memorial Library
Admission: Free
Some have claimed that Vikings, Welsh, Chinese, Africans, Polynesians, and others visited or settled North and Central America (otherwise occupied by Native Americans) before Columbus' so-called "discovery" in 1492. Are some of all of these claims based on fact, or are they mere fantasies? How does one evaluate the evidence, especially when encountering it on TV or the web? This talk explores these questions using real archaeological data and careful archaeological thinking.  Presented by Dr. Stephen Silliman, Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Medford

Middlesex Canal Bike Tour

Date & Time: Saturday, October 1, 9am
Location: Sullivan Square MBTA Station, Charlestown to Lowell
Information: www.middlesexcanal.org
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free (Return MBTA Commuter Rail fare is participants' responsibility)
Bike tour of historic Middlesex Canal Route (38 miles). Depart 9am from Charlestown (Sullivan T Station) to Lowell (MBTA Train Station). Return to Boston via commuter rail on 5pm train. Fare is your responsibility. Join or leave at several intermediate stopping points including Sandy Beach, Winchester; Kiwanis Park, Woburn; Wilmington MBTA Station; Middlesex Canal Museum near North Billerica MBTA Station. Google "Canal Ride Cue Sheet" for route description/details.

Middleborough

“A Place of Stone” by Douglas Hunter

Date & Time: Saturday, October 7, 1pm CANCELLED
Location: Massachusetts Archaeological Society's Robbins Museum, 17 Jackson Street
Information: massarchaeology.org
Sponsor: Massachusetts Archaeological Society          
Admission: Free
Douglas Hunter, PhD, will present on his newly published book entitled "A Place of Stone." Dighton Rock is a forty-ton boulder covered in petroglyphs located in southern Massachusetts, and is claimed by many to be the most frequently documented artifact in American archaeology. First noted by colonists in 1680, the rock's markings have been debated by scholars and everyday people alike on both sides of the Atlantic.  The glyphs have been erroneously assigned to an array of non-indigenous cultures.  Historian Douglas Hunter uses Dighton Rock to reveal the long, complex history of colonization, American archaeology, and the conceptualization of indigenous people.  Reception and book-signing will follow the talk.

The Norse Discovery of America

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 11, 7pm
Location: Massachusetts Archaeological Society's Robbins Museum, 17 Jackson Street
Information: David Burbine: 781-264-8430, d.p.burbine@gmail.com
Sponsor: Massachusetts Archaeological Society- Southeast Chapter
Admission: Free
Icelandic sagas describe the colonization of Greenland by Erik the Red and the subsequent discovery of land further west by his son Leif Erickson.  Leif would name this land "Vinland the Good."  Join independent researcher Gregory M. Lott as he revisits the work done by Norweigian explorer and author Helge Ingstad and his archaeologist wife, Anne Stine Ingstad.  Their extensive efforts would demonstrate how Europeans visited North America nearly 500 years prior to Columbus.

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.

Newton

Digging for Evidence School Program

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

Digging for Evidence Family Program

Date & Time: Sunday, October 15, 1pm
Location: Jackson Homestead & Museum, 527 Washington Street
Information: 617-796-1463, historicnewton.org
Sponsor: Historic Newton
Admission: $5/person pre-register, $10/person day of (includes museum admission and materials)
Bring the whole family to dig for artifacts in a mock archaeological dig to learn first-hand how archaeologists do the detective work of history. See what archaeology can teach us about the Native American people who flourished in this area before European settlement by handling real projective points and stone tools. The program is appropriate for families with children ages 7 and up.

North Adams

Stairways to Heaven: Temples

Date & Time: Saturday, October 7, 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 concept of a "dwelling place for the gods" is both universal and central to most religions around the world. This illustrated program will explore the globe for the diversity of archaeological finds that depict these symbolic meeting places of gods and humans.

Archaeology Abducted by Aliens!

Date & Time: Saturday, October 14, 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
2017 will mark the 70th anniversary of the heavily debated Roswell event. An unfortunate offspring of serious UFO studies is the branch called Ancient Astronaut Theory.  One of the consequences of this theory is the literal abduction of the field of archaeology.  This illustrated lecture will explore how ancient astronaut theorists have used legitimate archaeological finds to support their beliefs without the benefit of the scientific method.

John Henry Haynes, Archaeological Explorer

Date & Time: Saturday, October 21, 2 pm
Location: North Adams Public Library, 74 Church Street
Information: www.naplibrary.com
Sponsor: North Adams Historical Society      
Admission: Free
John Henry Hayes was a pioneer of American archaeological photography. In the late 19th-century, he discovered and documented some of the most important cultural artifacts and sites of the ancient world.  Hayes was born in Rowe, graduated from Williams College, and is buried in North Adams' Hillside Cemetery. This event will combine an illustrated presentation from Professor Robert Ousterhout of the University of Pennsylvania, and a display of items donated by Hayes.

Plymouth

Dig Into Archaeology

Date & Time: Fridays in October, 12-1pm
Location: Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Avenue
Information: ccoleman@plimoth.org
Sponsor: Plimoth Plantation
Admission: Members: $5, Non-members: $8
Dig into archaeology with Plimoth Plantation with our month-long series. Join us on Friday afternoons during Archaeology Month as we welcome a lineup of lively and unique guest speakers from the field of archaeology. 

Ovens on the Edge, 1590-1640: An Experimental Archaeology of Baking

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 4, 7pm
Location: Pilgrim Hall Museum, 75 Court Street
Information: www.pilgrimhallmuseum.org/museum_events.htm
Sponsor: Pilgrim Hall Museum
Admission: Suggested donation: $5
Paula Marcoux, food historian and cookbook author, pieces together the history of early colonial bake ovens with in-depth research and innovative experiments in oven-building and baking methods

“The sword of justice has no scabbard”: Tracing Colonel Robert Gould Shaw's Civil War Sword

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 11, 3pm
Location: Pilgrim Hall Museum, 75 Court Street
Information: www.pilgrimhallmuseum.org/museum_events.htm
Sponsor: Pilgrim Hall Museum
Admission: Suggested donation: $5
Anne Bentley, Curator of Art & Artifacts at the Massachusetts Historical Society, tracks the remarkable story of the "Glory" sword used with the famed African-American 54th Infantry.

A Cloth Seal and a Muck Pit: Archaeological Discoveries on Burial Hill

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 18, 7pm
Location: Pilgrim Hall Museum, 75 Court Street
Information: www.pilgrimhallmuseum.org/museum_events.htm
Sponsor: Pilgrim Hall Museum
Admission: Suggested donation: $5
David B. Landon, of the Fiske Center for Archaeological Research, UMass Boston, reveals discoveries of the latest excavations on historic Burial Hill.  The last artifact found on the last day of excavations this summer was a Dutch bale seal: a lead disk attached to a bolt of trade cloth.  This unusual object is just one part of a large collection of early 17th century artifacts and features that were recovered this season.  Landon will discuss what the findings from the 2017 season reveals about the original Plymouth Colony settlement.

Plimouth After Dark: “Colonial Six”

Date & Time: Friday, October 20, 7-9pm
Location: Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Avenue
Information: ccoleman@plimoth.org
Sponsor: Plimoth Plantation
Admission: Members: $5, Non-members: $8
Join us for an exclusive viewing of the archaeology film "Colonial Six." Experience actual footage of the Plimoth Plantation 1966 archaeological dig conducted by Dr. James Deetz.  Following the brief film, our curator, Dr. Kathryn Ness, will present artifacts from the Plimoth Plantation collection and discuss how they influence the Museum's educational mission.

International Archaeology Day

Date & Time: Saturday, October 21, 10am-4pm
Location: Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Avenue
Information: ccoleman@plimoth.org
Sponsor: Plimoth Plantation
Admission: Adults: $28, Seniors (62+): $26, Children: $16
Celebrate International Archaeology Day with Plimoth Plantation. Purchase a reproduction artifact to paint and take home. Listen to curator Dr. Kathryn Ness discuss the artifacts in the collection during "Pieces of the Past," and see some of them close-up.  Throughout the day there will be a variety of archaeology-related children's activities including stories, coloring, and crafts.

Quincy

Lyons Turning Mill Site Tour

Date & Time: Saturday, October 28, 10am-3pm (Rain date is Saturday, October 29, 10am-3pm)
Location: Quarry Hills Drive off Ricciuti Drive
Information: 617-472-1322, quincyquarrymuseum@verizon.net
Sponsor: Quincy Quarry and Granite Workers Museum, www.quincyquarrymuseum.org
Admission: Free
This event consists of guided tours of the remains of the historic Lyons Turning Mill site and the surrounding Lyons Quarry area where artifacts of Quincy’s granite industry can be seen.  Interpretive information explaining the artifacts will be displayed.  Informational tables will be set up with historical photos of Quincy’s granite history.  Also on display will be information on the proposed Quincy Quarry and Granite Workers Museum to be built on a portion of the mill site grounds.

Scituate

A Child’s Sanctuary: Discovering Our Maritime Heritage

Date & Time: Saturday, October 14, 1-4pm
Location: Scituate Town Library, 85 Branch Street
Information: stellwagen.noaa.gov, www.ScituateTownLibrary.org
Sponsor: Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
Admission: Free
Learn about maritime heritage with Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary! Map a shipwreck, try on scuba diving gear, explore the undersea world, and meet an underwater archaeologist! Ideals for elementary school aged children.

Somerville

Middlesex Canal Bike Tour

Date & Time: Saturday, October 1, 9am
Location: Sullivan Square MBTA Station, Charlestown to Lowell
Information: www.middlesexcanal.org
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free (Return MBTA Commuter Rail fare is participants' responsibility)
Bike tour of historic Middlesex Canal Route (38 miles). Depart 9am from Charlestown (Sullivan T Station) to Lowell (MBTA Train Station). Return to Boston via commuter rail on 5pm train. Fare is your responsibility. Join or leave at several intermediate stopping points including Sandy Beach, Winchester; Kiwanis Park, Woburn; Wilmington MBTA Station; Middlesex Canal Museum near North Billerica MBTA Station. Google "Canal Ride Cue Sheet" for route description/details.

Springfield

Cyprus & Malta: Coveted Islands, Complicated Histories

Date & Time: Thursday, October 12, 12:15-1:15pm
Location: Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Information: kguerin@springfieldmuseums.org, springfieldmuseums.org
Sponsor: Springfield Museums
Admission: $4 (does not include museum admission: Adults: $25, Seniors: $16.50, Ages 3-17: $13, free for children under 3)
Mediterranean islands, big and small, have been inhabited, attacked, and occupied over centuries. Trade, resources, strategic positions, war, and religion have shaped what they were and who they are today.  Come listen to lecturer Amy S. Dane and visit ancient tombs and temples, Byzantine and Baroque churches, today's streets, scenic views, and natural wonders.  Draw your own conclusions as to what the future may bring to these islands.

Mirror at the Gate: Greek Buddhist and Christian Art and Archaeology

Date & Time: Thursday, October 26, 12:15-1:15pm
Location: Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Information: kguerin@springfieldmuseums.org, springfieldmuseums.org
Sponsor: Springfield Museums
Admission: $4 (does not include museum admission: Adults: $25, Seniors: $16.50, Ages 3-17: $13, free for children under 3)
Early Greek-Buddhist art and artifacts of Central Asia appear remarkably similar to early Christian art and artifacts of the Middle East.  In this lecture, Joseph A.P. Wilson of Fairfield University will present material connections between these neighboring regions during the Late Antiquity period. Political turmoil of the late Roman Empire spurred migration between these ancient cultures, deeply influencing their artistic traditions.

Stoneham

When the Stones Speak: A Glimpse of the Wyoming Community through Haywardville

Date & Time: Saturday, October 7th, 10 am (rain date Sunday, October 8th, 10am)
Location: Meet at 2 Woodland Road in the Middlesex Fells Reservation, at the interpretive sign
Information: www.preservation-collaborative.com
Admission: Free
Wyoming is a former community that has been forgotten. With origins in the 18th-century as the Lap Parish, this community reached its peak as a wealthy residential enclave. In the middle of the 19th century, architect William Bailey Lang purchased a tract of former farmland to be divided into house lots. Situated on the shores of a clean lake just an hour from Boston, development was a success, attracting white collar individuals who played an important role in Stoneham's growth. These were the people who helped Haywardville flourish, and then flounder. Join architectural historian Ryan D. Hayward for an informative look at Wyoming from the Haywardville perspective. Visitors are in for a treat as they will be shown historic images, recreations of the former buildings, and meet our civic ancestors. This walking tour will be conducted on site and will last approximately 120 minutes over a 1.5 mile loop. 

Sturbridge

Of Ice and Men: the Archaeology of the Village’s Mill Site

Date & Time: Saturday, October 14, 11am
Location: Meet at the Sawmill, Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd
Information: 1-800-733-1830, www.osv.org/events
Sponsor: Old Sturbridge Village
Admission: Adults: $24, Seniors: $22, Youths: $8, Children under 3: Free
Nature and the hand of man altered the flow of the Quinebaug River to operate mills of this site since the late 1700s. In celebration of Archaeology Month, learn how the land, water, and their use have changed over time.

Taunton

Lecture: Musketball and Small Shot Identification, presented by Dan Sivilich

Date & Time: Thursday, October 19, 7pm
Location: Old Colony History Museum, 66 Church Green
Information: oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org, 508-822-1622
Sponsor: Old Colony History Museum
Admission: Free
Archaeologist and author Dan Sivilich traces the history of musketballs and small shot. Sivilich will explain how a musketball found in a military context can help to interpret the site, answering questions such as "was it fired," "what did it hit," "what type of gun was fired," and more. Dan will be available to sign copies of his guidebook following the presentation and guests are free to explore the museum.

Old Colony Unearthed

Date & Time: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10am-4pm
Location: Old Colony History Museum, 66 Church Green
Information: oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org, 508-822-1622
Sponsor: Old Colony History Museum
Admission: Adults: $4, Seniors and young adults (12-18): $2, children under the age of 12 and members: Free
During the month of October, the Old Colony Museum will celebrate Massachusetts Archaeology Month with a special display of archaeological artifacts from our collection.  Come see what we have dug up for you!

Townsend

Rogersville: Industry and Innovation on Pearl Hill Brook

Date & Time: Saturday, October 21, 7pm
Location: Townsend Harbor Church, 80 Main Street
Information: www.preservation-collaborative.com
Sponsor: Townsend Historical Society
Admission: Free
Rogersville was a 19thcentury mill village that has disappeared from our modern landscape. For half a century, the mills provided various staple products, such as barrel staves, to the bigger businesses in town. The hard working men and women who built this hamlet were entrepreneurs and inventors. They used their time, energy and money to build a better Townsend. A series of devastating fires and a national depression brought an end to this village. This program seeks to shine a new light on this historic location, which is now a part of the Department of Conservation and Recreation's Pearl Hill Brook.

Waltham

Fifty Acres and Three Centuries: Archaeology at Gore Place

Date & Time: Mondays through Fridays 10am-3pm and Saturdays 12-3pm
Location: The Carriage House/Welcome Center at Gore Place, 52 Gore Street
Information: www.goreplace.org
Sponsor: Gore Place
Admission: Free
During the month of October, a photographic exhibit will be on display in the Gore Place Carriage House. Scenes of excavation at Gore Place during the last ten years and images of found artifacts will explore the research and process involved in preserving the 50-acre estate that is in its third century.

Wayland

What do Ceramics tell us About Wayland’s Ancient Inhabitants?

Date & Time: Saturday, October 21, 2-4pm
Location: Wayland Town Building, 41 Cochituate Rd
Information: Tonya.Largy@verizon.net
Sponsor: Wayland Historical Commission, Wayland Historical Society
Admission: Free
Speaker John P. Petrola will discuss how ceramic sherds provide the archaeologist with important clues into how ancient Native Americans manufactured their pottery, how pots functioned in making a living, and how social beliefs and status were symbolized through decorative motifs.

Wellfleet

The Echoes of Fresh Brook Village

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 25, 10am-12pm
Location: Meet at Marconi Beach Parking Lot
Information: 508-255-3421, extension 0301
Sponsor: Cape Cod National Seashore
Admission: Free
Join Park Historian Bill Burke for an exploration of the Fresh Brook Village site. The site contains the remnants of an abandoned village that once featured the voices of a lively settlement of fishing families.  Gone are the sturdy houses, post office, tavern, and school.  Occupied for over a century, and dependent of its tenuous connection to the sea, Fresh Brook Village faded out of existence by the 1920s and wase replaced by an Army installation and later incorporated into the wilds of the national seashore.  Be prepared for a vigorous walk, rain or shine, to reach the site, and wear a bright colored vest (hunting season).

Wellesley

Family Day: Ready, Set, Excavate!

Date & Time: Saturday, October 21, 11am-3pm
Location: Davis Museum, 106 Central Street
Information: www.thedavis.org
Sponsor: Davis Museum at Wellesley College
Admission: Free
Celebrate Massachusetts Archaeology Month and International Archaeology Day at the Davis! Travel back in time and explore the wonders of the past. Visitors of all ages are invited to this free, family-friendly event that offers the chance to explore ancient artifacts, enjoy storytelling, take part in art making, a museum tour, or treasure hunts in the galleries, and more.  This event is generously supported by the Palley Endowment Fund for the Davis Museum Outreach Program.

From the Nile to the Charles: Archaeology at Wellesley College

Date & Time: Saturday, October 21
Location: Science Center Atrium, Wellesley College, 106 Central St
Information: eminor@wellesley.edu
Sponsor: Wellesley College
Admission: Free
Come learn about many different types of Archaeology from students at Wellesley College! How do you interact with the past every day? And how can we use new technology to understand ancient people better? Hands-on activities will include exploring ancient Egypt in augmented reality, local gravestone traditions in Massachusetts, and a 3D printed artifact petting zoo.

West Stockbridge

“Outside the Box”

Date & Time: Saturday, October 7, 12pm
Location: 0 Great Barrington Road, Off Route 41 South (Across from #87 going North)
Information: 413-528-6333, astorequarry@gmail.com
Sponsor: The Darrow School
Admission: Adult: $10, Children: $5
The Darrow School's Helping Hands Program, led by conservation teacher Joel Priest, has been working on the riparian areas along the beautiful Williams River. Joel discusses conservation programs focusing on riparian area repair and the constant need for invasive plant removal and control.  "Outside the Box" is our conservation program, designed to benefit all schools, focusing on the study of earth sciences in a natural classroom.

An Edible Walking Tour

Date & Time: Saturday, October 7 (directly after the “Outside the Box” program)
Location: 0 Great Barrington Road, Off Route 41 South (Across from #87 going North)
Information: 413-528-6333, astorequarry@gmail.com
Sponsor: The Darrow School
Admission: Adult: $10, Children: $5
A walking tour is given by Jeremia and Erin Pollard, both avid foragers. Medicines and edibles are all around us, probably even in your own back yard. Come learn about tree identification, rare plants, wild edibles, and the invasive plants that are choking riparian areas.

Freedley Marble Quarry — Past, Present and Future

Date & Time: Sunday, October 8, 12pm
Location: 0 Great Barrington Road, Off Route 41 South (Across from #87 going North)
Information: 413-528-6333, astorequarry@gmail.com
Sponsor: The Darrow School
Admission: Adult: $10, Children: $5
Come listen to local historian Vern Tower for a unique historical presentation of the Freedley Marble Quarry, located in West Stockbridge. Come see hands-on exhibits of quarrying techniques and the labor it took to extract the highly valued, building quality, white-gray marble blocks.  The marble quarried was used in the town halls of New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and the Senate Floor in the Capitol Building in Washington. D.C.

Wilmington

Middlesex Canal Bike Tour

Date & Time: Saturday, October 1, 9am
Location: Sullivan Square MBTA Station, Charlestown to Lowell
Information: www.middlesexcanal.org
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free (Return MBTA Commuter Rail fare is participants' responsibility)
Bike tour of historic Middlesex Canal Route (38 miles). Depart 9am from Charlestown (Sullivan T Station) to Lowell (MBTA Train Station). Return to Boston via commuter rail on 5pm train. Fare is your responsibility. Join or leave at several intermediate stopping points including Sandy Beach, Winchester; Kiwanis Park, Woburn; Wilmington MBTA Station; Middlesex Canal Museum near North Billerica MBTA Station. Google "Canal Ride Cue Sheet" for route description/details.

Winchester

Middlesex Canal Bike Tour

Date & Time: Saturday, October 1, 9am
Location: Sullivan Square MBTA Station, Charlestown to Lowell
Information: www.middlesexcanal.org
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free (Return MBTA Commuter Rail fare is participants' responsibility)
Bike tour of historic Middlesex Canal Route (38 miles). Depart 9am from Charlestown (Sullivan T Station) to Lowell (MBTA Train Station). Return to Boston via commuter rail on 5pm train. Fare is your responsibility. Join or leave at several intermediate stopping points including Sandy Beach, Winchester; Kiwanis Park, Woburn; Wilmington MBTA Station; Middlesex Canal Museum near North Billerica MBTA Station. Google "Canal Ride Cue Sheet" for route description/details.

Woburn

Middlesex Canal Bike Tour

Date & Time: Saturday, October 1, 9am
Location: Sullivan Square MBTA Station, Charlestown to Lowell
Information: www.middlesexcanal.org
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free (Return MBTA Commuter Rail fare is participants' responsibility)
Bike tour of historic Middlesex Canal Route (38 miles). Depart 9am from Charlestown (Sullivan T Station) to Lowell (MBTA Train Station). Return to Boston via commuter rail on 5pm train. Fare is your responsibility. Join or leave at several intermediate stopping points including Sandy Beach, Winchester; Kiwanis Park, Woburn; Wilmington MBTA Station; Middlesex Canal Museum near North Billerica MBTA Station. Google "Canal Ride Cue Sheet" for route description/details.