Massachusetts Archaeology Month October 2015

 

2015 Archaeology Month Poster

The 2015 Massachusetts Archaeology Month Poster

From the State Archaeologist

From the Secretary of the Commonwealth

Download the 2015 Calendar of Events (PDF)


Archaeology Month 2015 Event Information

Acton Concord Lowell Springfield
Amherst Deerfield Medford Stoneham
Andover Duxbury Middleborough Sturbridge
Billerica Eastham Newbury Taunton
Boston Gloucester North Adams Templeton
Bourne Hamilton Pittsfield Tewksbury
Brewster Harwich Plymouth Waltham
Bridgewater Haverhill Quincy Wayland
Cambridge Kingston Salem Wilmington
Charlemont Lakeville Sheffield Winchester
Chelmsford Lexington Somerville Woburn

Event Listings

Pre-Archaeology Month Event

Boston

The Archaeology of Sanitation in Roman Italy: New Research on Ancient Water Engineering Systems

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 30, 7pm-8:30pm
Location: Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, Inc., 2450 Beacon Street
Information: www.waterworksmuseum.org, info@waterworksmuseum.org
Sponsor: Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
Admission: Free
Classical archaeologist and author Dr. Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow will discuss her new book on the complex systems that Ancient Romans engineered for managing public health and hygiene in their cities. Through the lens of the archaeological record, including artifacts, ancient graffiti, and literature of the day, Dr. Koloski-Ostrow will examine new research that reveals the secret history of these little-known, but essential, parts of Roman life. Copies of The Archaeology of Sanitation in Roman Italy will be available for sale and signing by the author.

Archaeology Month Events

Listed alphabetically by town

Acton

Discover the Native American Toolbox

Date & Time: Thursday, October 1, 3-4:30pm
Location: The Discovery Museums, 177 Main Street
Information: 978-264-4200, www.discoverymuseums.org
Sponsor: The Discovery Museums
Admission: Free with admission ($11.50)
Native Americans lived along the Assabet River in Acton more than 7,000 years ago. During this drop-in event, see replicas of the artifacts and stone tool flakes uncovered by archaeologists at the Pine Hawk site. Watch archaeologist Craig Chartier demonstrate the art and science of stone knapping as he creates tools and arrowheads. Try several hands-on activities to learn about techniques that archaeologists use to uncover and interpret important clues to the past.

Friends of Pine Hawk Book Discussion: American Passage: The Communications Frontier in Early New England by Katherine Grandjean

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 13, 7:30pm
Location: Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main Street
Information: 978-929-6655
Sponsor: Friends of Pine Hawk
Admission: Free
Wellesley College historian Katherine Grandjean will join the group to discuss her new book, which stresses the importance of communication to colonialization and discusses how early settlers mastered lines of communication among widespread English colonies. With neither a postal service nor even many horses, one solution was to share news by hiring Indian messengers. Please confirm the event date in the library's online calendar.

The Archaeology of Hassanamesit Woods

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 20, 7pm
Location: Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main Street
Information: 978-929-6655
Sponsor: Friends of Pine Hawk
Admission: Free
Stephen Mrozowski, Director of the Fiske Center for Archaeological Research, will summarize the results of an unusual project at the historic site of a Native American household headed by four generations of Nipmuc women. Using a variety of technologies and analytical techniques, archaeologists have been able to construct an amazingly detailed picture of what life was like for the Nipmuc of Southern New England between the mid-18th and mid-19th centuries. Please confirm event date in the library's online calendar.

Paleolandscape Perspectives: Looking at the Ancient Peoples of New England

Date & Time: Monday, October 26, 7pm
Location: Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main Street
Information: 978-929-6655
Sponsor: Friends of Pine Hawk
Admission: Free
Archaeologist Suanna Selby Growley will describe geoarchaeology and how a landscape perspective can inform research. Examples from sites in New England and elsewhere will illustrate the techniques and the potential of a geoarchaeological approach. Dr. Growley has worked on sites in the US, Pakistan, Syria, Israel, and France. She is now Director of Development and Public Outreach at the Robbins Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in Middleborough, MA. Please confirm the event date in the library's online calendar.

Amherst

Meet at the Mead: ARCHAEOLOGY!

Date & Time: Saturday, October 3, 12-4pm
Location: Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, 41 Quadrangle Drive
Information: 413-542-2335, Amherst.edu/mead
Sponsor: Archaeological Institute of America, Western Massachusetts Society
Admission: Free
Bring your friends and family to this fun-filled event with activities and tours spotlighting local and global archaeology projects. Meet Five College archaeologists and learn about their excavations in Peru, Italy, Israel, and Amherst itself! Explore the art of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome. Enjoy crafts, demonstrations, and a scavenger hunt. Co-sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, Western Massachusetts Society, in association with International Archaeology Day and Massachusetts Archaeology Month. Free and open to the public.

Andover

Witchcraft, Counter Magic, and Archaeology in Salem and New England

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 20, 7pm
Location: Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology, 175 Main Street
Information: info.nechapter@massarchaeology.org
Sponsor: Massachusetts Archaeological Society NE/Gene Winter Chapter, www.massarchaeology.org
Admission: Free
The monthly meeting of the NE/Gene Winter Chapter of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society will feature guest speaker Emerson W. Baker, Salem State University. This presentation will discuss the many forms of counter magic used to protect people, as well as its discovery on archaeological sites and old homes in New England. The evidence ranges from the baking of a witch cake in Salem Village in 1692, to horseshoes found on archaeology sites, and daisy wheels carved into house walls. Baker will also discuss some of the findings of his new book, A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience.

Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology Open House

Date & Time: Saturday, October 24, 1-4pm
Location: Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology, 175 Main Street
Information: 978-749-4490, www.andover.edu
Sponsor: Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology
Admission: Free
The Robert S. Peabody Museum will host an archaeology open house where visitors can tour two small exhibit galleries featuring highlights from the Museum's collection of over 500,000 Native American artifacts.

Billerica

Middlesex Canal Fall Meeting and Lecture

Date & Time: Sunday, October 25, 1pm
Location: Middlesex Canal Museum, 71 Faulkner Street
Information: 978-670-2740, www.middlesexcanal.org
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association
Admission: Free
Middlesex Canal Association Fall meeting and lecture on subject related to the canal era. Scheduled speaker is James Baldwin who will talk about his ancestor Loammi Baldwin, builder of the canal and a Revolutionary War leader.

Middlesex Canal Bike Tour

Date & Time: Saturday, October 17, 9am
Location: Boston to Lowell, see below
Information: Contact leader Bill Kuttner at 617-241-9383
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. Helmet required. There is an option to join or leave at several intermediate stopping points near MBTA including Sandy Beach, Winchester; Kiwanis Park, Woburn; Wilmington MBTA Station; and the Middlesex Canal Museum near North Billerica MBTA Station. Please google "canal ride cue sheet" for route description and details.

Boston

The Archaeology of the Big Dig Classroom Field Trip

Date & Time: Offered to school groups Monday-Friday 9am-5pm throughout October, by appointment
Location: Commonwealth Museum, 220 Morrissey Boulevard
Information: www.commonwealthmuseum.org
Sponsor: Commonwealth Museum
Admission: Free
What did archaeologists discover while working on Boston's Big Dig in the North End?  As part of our school field trip program from September through June, the Commonwealth Museum offers a classroom exercise on the "Archaeology of the Big Dig." Students work in small groups to recreate the excavation of a seventeenth century site. They learn about Puritan Boston and discover a deeper appreciation for Massachusetts' underground history. Suggested for grades 5 through 8. 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.shirelyeustishouse.org
Admission: Students: $4.50, Chaperones: $5.50, 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. Informative and engaging for all learners. Please call or email to make reservations for this event. This program has a group limit of 26.

History Beneath Our Feet: Sandbox Archaeology

Date & Time: Saturday, October 3, 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.shirelyeustishouse.org
Admission: Adult: $7, Students: $5
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?" Asking and answering these questions as well as digging in the dirt are the most important parts of this program. 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: Saturday, October 17, 9am
Location: Sullivan Square MBTA Station
Information: Contact leaders Bill Kuttner at 617-241-9383
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 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. Helmet required. There is an option to join or leave at several intermediate stopping points near MBTA including Sandy Beach, Winchester; Kiwanis Park, Woburn; Wilmington MBTA Station; and the Middlesex Canal Museum near North Billerica MBTA Station. Please google "canal ride cue sheet" for route description and details.

Walking Tour: The Archaeology of Boston's North End

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 6, 12-1pm
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
Join Boston City Archaeologist, Joe Bagley, for a walk through the diverse archaeological sites of the North End. Highlights include Katherine Nanny Naylor's 17th century outhouse and sites from the neighborhood's Irish, Italian, and Jewish immigrants. Tour is a loop and lasts one hour.

Walking Tour: Archaeology of Boston Common

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 13, 12-1pm
Location: Meet outside of the Park Street MBTA station, look for sign
Information: joseph.bagley@boston.gov
Sponsor: City of Boston Archaeology Program
Admission: Free
Join Boston's City Archaeologist, Joe Bagley, for a walk through over 7,000 years of human history recovered through archaeological digs on Boston Common. Highlights include the oldest Native archaeological site in downtown Boston, and Revolutionary camps of British troops stationed on the Common. Tour is a loop, and lasts one hour.

9th Annual AIA-MOS Archaeology Fair

Date & Time: Friday, October 16, 9am-2pm, and Saturday, October 17, 10am-3pm
Location: Museum of Science, Boston, 1 Science Park
Information: https://www.archaeological.org/archaeologyday/events
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 18, 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.

Archaeological Revelations from Dorchester

Date & Time: Sunday, October 18, 2-4pm
Location: 195 Boston Street, Dorchester
Information: joseph.bagley@boston.gov
Sponsor: City of Boston Archaeology Program, Dorchester Historical Society www.dorchesterhistoricalsociety.org
Admission: Free
Join Boston archaeologists as they present the results of recent archaeological investigations in Dorchester spanning its deep Native history to its more recent Irish and other immigrant past.

Thanks for the Mutton: The Food and Archaeology of the Boston Tavern

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 20, 6-7:30pm
Location: The Tap, 19 Union Street
Information: joseph.bagley@boston.gov
Sponsor: City of Boston Archaeology Program, Boston Landmarks Commission
Admission: Free
This is the fall component of a series of preservation events celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Boston Landmarks Commission. Join Commission staff person and Boston City Archaeologist Joe Bagley as he explores the food and drink of the Boston tavern through the archaeological survey of the 1635-1775 Three Cranes Tavern in Charlestown.
RSVP required through: https://blcxlautumn.eventbrite.com/

Through Snows, Strikes, and Strain: The Archaeology of Moving Boston

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 21, 7pm
Location: Haley House Bakery Café, 12 Dade Street, Dudley Square, Roxbury
Information: mcshugar@gmail.com
Sponsor: Roxbury Historical Society, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Roxbury-Historical-Society/431610283604780, and Haley House, www.haleyhouse.org/bakery_cafe
Admission: Free
Miles Shugar, on the staff of the Massachusetts Historical Commission, will discuss how Bostonians have tackled problems with mass transportation for the past 200 years. Explore the challenges of Boston's early mass transit systems through artifacts, maps, and photographs! The talk will highlight archaeological investigations at the Metropolitan Horse Railroad site in Roxbury Crossing. See how horses pulled sleds and steam cars pushed plows during crippling winters, and teams of men pulled cars when horses could not! Come learn how our forefathers dealt with some of the same problems that the MBTA deals with today, from crowding to crashes, from snow to strikes.

Walking Tour: The Archaeology of Charlestown

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 27, 12-1pm
Location: Meet in front of the Bunker Hill Monument
Information: joseph.bagley@boston.gov
Sponsor: City of Boston Archaeology Program
Admission: Free
Join Boston City Archaeologist Joe Bagley on a walk through Charlestown's history and archaeological sites. The tour will be one hour, beginning at the Bunker Hill monument and ending at City Square Park. Highlights include recent archaeological work on the Training field park, Native archaeological sites, and the 1635-1775 Three Cranes Tavern site.

Bourne

The Bourne Stone

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 21, 7pm
Location: Bourne Historical Center, 30 Keene Street
Information: 508-759-6123, skiane@verizon.net
Sponsor: Bourne Historical Society
Admission: $5
The Bourne Stone seems to have first been used as a doorstep at the Indian Mission (or a Meeting House) situated near Herring Pond and established by Captain Thomas Tupper of Sandwich. When native people stopped using the church, the stone was moved to the dooryard of a native named Andrew Jackson who lived nearby. The place was also known as the Katherine Parker Homestead, and the stone remained there until her descendants sold the property. The stone was first given to a Miss Fisher, and later sold to Percival H. Lombard. The Bourne Stone Lecture will discuss attempts to reveal the origin of the stone's carver, meanings behind the stone's carvings, and more developing information on this piece of Bourne's history that has yet to be completely discovered.

Brewster

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History Pottery Reconstruction

Date & Time: Wednesdays-Sundays in October, 11:30am-2:30pm
Location: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main Street/Route 6A
Information: 508-869-3867, www.ccmnh.org
Sponsor: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Admission: Free with admission (Adults: $10, Seniors: $7, Children ages 3-12: $5, Children under 3: Free)
Could you cut it as a lab archaeologist? Come join the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History for this hands-on activity for all ages! Sift through the soil to find pottery sherds and try your hand at getting them back together!

Wing Island Guided Walk

Date & Time: Saturday, October 3, 11am, and Saturday, October 31, 11am
Location: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main Street/Route 6A
Information: 508-869-3867, www.ccmnh.org
Sponsor: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Admission: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History Members: $3, Non-Members: $5
Join archaeologist Dan Zoto for a guided walk of Wing Island, the location of the Wing Island Archaeology Project. Learn what the island was used for in the past, and what new discoveries have been made.

Taylor Bray Farm Update

Date & Time: Saturday, October 17, 1pm
Location: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main Street/Route 6A
Information: 508-869-3867, www.ccmnh.org
Sponsor: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Admission: Free with admission (Adults: $10, Seniors: $7, Children ages 3-12: $5, Children under 3: Free)
Come hear about the 2014 field season at Taylor Bray Farm from lead investigator, Craig Chartier. The 2014 season's focus was on the area where the original 1640 Taylor homestead stood and led to finding the sides of the house and identifying a probable addition constructed in the 18th century. More evidence of Native occupation of the site prior to the Taylors' arrival was also discovered.

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

Date & Time: Saturday, October 24, 11am-3pm
Location: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main Street/Route 6A
Information: 508-869-3867, www.ccmnh.org
Sponsor: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Admission: Free with admission (Adults: $10, Seniors: $7, Children ages 3-12: $5, Children under 3: Free)
Join archaeologist Dan Zoto and the rest of the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History 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.

Bridgewater

Open House at Bridgewater State University's Archaeology/Anthropology Lab

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 14, 7-9:30pm
Location: Moakley Building, Bridgewater State University
Information: 508-531-2249, c1hoffman@bridgew.edu
Sponsor: Bridgewater State University Anthropology Department, www.bridgew.edu
Admission: Free
The Anthropology Department at Bridgewater State University welcomes the public to visit our new lab facility, to view artifacts, and hear talks by faculty members on their research projects.

Cambridge

Amazing Archaeology Fair at Harvard

Date & Time: Saturday, October 3, 12-4pm
Location: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and Harvard Semitic Museums, Divinity Avenue
Information: 617-496-1027, hmsc@hmsc.harvard.edu
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
The third annual celebration of archaeology from Mesoamerica, South America, China, the Ancient Near East, and North America. Free parking! Highlights include NeferKITTY the cat mummy; new behind the scenes tours; 3D printing and scanning of Maya glyphs; new exhibit From the Nile to the Euphrates; use stone tools and experiment with other hands-on activities for kids of all ages; meet archaeologists and other specialists one-on-one as they share their work.

Zooarchaeology Laboratory Open House

Date & Time: Saturday, October 3, 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 of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University
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! Free parking in the 52 Oxford Street garage.

Charlemont

Taylor's Fort Archaeology: Uncovering the Massachusetts Frontier During the French & Indian War

Date & Time: Saturday, October 3, 10am-4pm
Location: Hall Tavern Farm, 1959 Route 2
Information: Taylor's Fort Archaeological Project on Facebook
Sponsor: Healy Family Trust, Charlemont Historical Commission, Charlemont's 250th Committee
Admission: Free
Commemorating Charlemont's 250th anniversary of incorporation, this event gives the public an opportunity to visit the archaeological site at Taylor's Fort (1754-1763) that was excavated in 2006. Historical archaeologist Dr. Aaron Miller will be on site to discuss findings and artifact highlights. In addition, there will be exhibits interpreting the unique history at the site and many of the artifacts recovered during the excavation.

Chelmsford

Middlesex Canal Bike Tour

Date & Time: Saturday, October 17, 9am
Location: Boston to Lowell, see below
Information: Contact leader Bill Kuttner at 617-241-9383
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. 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

Parker's Revenge: Notes From the Field

Date & Time: Saturday, October 3, 7pm
Location: Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street
Information: 978-318-3358, kahearn@minlib.net, www.concordlibrary.org
Sponsor: Friends of the Concord Free Public Library (www.concordlibrary.org), Friends of the Minute Man National Historical Park (www.friendsofminuteman.org), Minuteman National Historical Park (www.nps.gov/mima)
Admission: Free
Dr. Meg Waters, PhD, the principal investigator of the Parker's Revenge project, will give an update on the archaeological investigation at the Parker's Revenge site at the Lincoln/Lexington border in Minuteman National Historical Park. The program will be an interactive session discussing the methods and tools used to uncover the facts and artifacts at this April 19, 1775 battle site.

Hands-On History

Date & Time: Sunday, October 11, 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 13, 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
Join a museum educator for a 20-30 minute look at the Concord Museum's archaeological holdings. The collection reveals important information about Native Americans who lived in the Concord area. Touch and learn about real stone tools, too.

Saturday Gallery Talk

Date & Time: Saturday, October 24, 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
Join a museum educator for a 20-30 minute look at the Concord Museum's archaeological holdings. The collection reveals important information about Native Americans who lived in the Concord area. Touch and learn about real stone tools, too.

Deerfield

Archaeology Day in Deerfield

Date & Time: Saturday, October 17, 10am and 11:30am
Location: 10am Visitor Center at Hall Tavern, 80A Old Main Street; 11:30am Old Burying Ground, Albany Road
Information: ccarlson@historic-deerfield.org, www.historic-deerfield.org
Sponsor: Historic Deerfield
Admission: Free
Archaeological Tour of Deerfield (begins at 10am outside the Visitor Center at Hall Tavern in Historic Deerfield): join Education Program Coordinator Claire Carlson for a walk around the village that highlights the work of the University of Massachusetts Field School in Historical Archaeology. Guided Tour of the Old Burying Ground (begins at 11:30am at the gates of the Old Burying Ground at the end of Albany Road in Old Deerfield): join Claire Carlson for a highlights tour of the Old Burying Ground. Tours are held rain or shine.

Duxbury

Learn About Archaeology on the South Shore

Date & Time: Thursday, October 29, 7-9pm
Location: Duxbury Free Library, 77 Alden Street
Information: www.duxburyfreelibrary.org
Sponsor: Duxbury Free Library, Massasoit Chapter of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society
Admission: Free
The Massasoit Chapter of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society has partnered with the Duxbury Library to offer archaeology to the community. McKayla Hoffman, a Trustee, Marketing, and Publicity Chair for the Massachusetts Archaeological Society will be giving a presentation titled "The Past is Present: How Archaeologists, Native Americans, Museums, and the Public Own the Past." Bring your artifacts for identification by the Massasoit Chapter.

Eastham

Contact! Champlain, the Nausets, and the Nauset Archeological District

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 28, 10am
Location: Fort Hill Parking Lot (just past the Penniman House on the left), Fort Hill Road off of Governor Prence Road
Information: bill_burke@nps.gov, 508-255-3421 x0301
Sponsor: Cape Cod National Seashore, National Park Service
Admission: Free
Over four centuries ago, French explorers led by Samuel de Champlain sailed into Nauset Harbor in present-day Eastham. Searching for a settlement site, they encountered native peoples living around the harbor and marsh. The florid account of this meeting coupled with the archaeological record make it a national landmark Contact Period site. Join historian Bill Burke of the National Park Service for a 1 mile hike to discover the challenges of preserving the Nauset Archeological District.

Gloucester

A Native Solar Observatory at Pole Hill

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 7, 6-8pm
Location: Endicott College Gloucester, 33 Commercial Street
Information: Mary Ellen Lepionka, capeannarchaeology.info
Sponsor: Endicott College Gloucester
Admission: Free
Did you know that Pole Hill in Riverview, Gloucester, is an astronomical observatory and ceremonial landscape created by Native Americans more than 2,000 years ago? "A Native Solar Observatory at Pole Hill" is a slide presentation by Mark Carlotto and Mary Ellen Lepionka of Gloucester, based on their interdisciplinary research, reported in the Spring 2015 Bulletin of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society. Free and open to the public. Participants may enroll for a tour of the site.

Hamilton

A New Look at Sagamore Masconomet

Date & Time: Saturday, October 17, 1pm
Location: Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union Street
Information: 978-468-5577, hwlibrary.org
Sponsor: Hamilton Historical Society & Hamilton-Wenham Public Library
Admission: Free
Recent research shows we may have many misconceptions of who Sagamore Masconomet was. Was his name really Masconomet? Was he an Agawam? Was he a tribal chief? Where did he live? Delve into the legend with local historian Jack Hauck, presented in partnership with the Hamilton Historical Society & the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library.

Harwich

Prehistoric Cape Cod

Date & Time: Saturday, October 24, 2pm
Location: Brooks Free Library, 739 Main Street
Information: 508-430-7562
Sponsor: Brooks Free Library
Admission: Free
Come join prehistoric archaeologist Mark Horvath, as he guides you through the past 15,000 years of history, using artifacts and the archaeological record to paint a picture of Cape Cod in the pre-Contact period. The talk will be followed by a flintknapping demonstration and a discussion.

Haverhill

History Faire: Celebrating Haverhill's 375th Anniversary

Date & Time: Saturday, October 3, 11-4pm
Location: Buttonwoods Museum, 240 Water Street
Information: Contact the Program Coordinator at programs@haverhillhistory.org
Sponsor: Buttonwoods Museum, www.buttonwoods.org
Admission: Kids: $10 (ages 7-17), Adults: $15
In honor of the 375th anniversary of Haverhill's settlement, we are throwing a history faire! Join in the celebration of Haverhill's past, from pre-1640 through the present. Reenactors, artisans, and other cultural groups from greater-Haverhill will be a part of this historic event, all throughout the museum grounds. Inside, the Luce Archaeology Collection and other exhibits will be open for touring.

Kingston

Kingston's First Inhabitants

Date & Time: Thursday, October 15, 7-9pm
Location: The Frederic C. Adams Center, 33 Summer Street
Information: Contact David Burbine 781-264-8430, d.p.burbine@gmail.com
Sponsor: Massachusetts Archaeological Society, Massasoit Chapter
Admission: Free
The Massasoit Chapter of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society has partnered with the Frederic C. Adams Center to offer Archaeology to the Community. Three Native American Archaeological sites in Kingston will be presented and discussed: The Powell-Heckman Trust Site (Bay Farm), Hall Swamp Site, and the Powers Shell Heap (Foundry Pond). Bring your artifacts for identification by the Massasoit Chapter representatives.

Archaeological Investigations of the Hall Swamp Site

Date & Time: Saturday, October 17, 10:30am
Location: Kingston Senior Center, 30 Evergreen Street
Information: elaineafiore@gmail.com
Sponsor: Kingston Board of Selectmen
Admission: Free
Archaeologists Dianna Doucette and Erin Flynn from the Public Archaeology Laboratory (PAL) and Cultural Resource Monitors from the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe will present a summary of their Phase 2 and Phase 3 investigations of the Hall Swamp Site. The investigations were done prior to the development of athletic fields on the property. The area was intensively and repeatedly used by Middle and Late Archaic groups (ca. 8,000-3,000 B.P.) and information collected from the site is of significant contribution to the town's archaeological record, as well as that of southeastern New England.

Lakeville

Archaeological Canoe Tour of the Upper Nemasket River

Date & Time: Saturday, October 10, 10am (rain date Sunday October 11)
Location: Vaughan Street to Wareham Street
Information: 508-531-2249, c1hoffman@bridgew.edu
Sponsor: Massachusetts Archaeological Society, Taunton River Watershed Alliance
Admission: $25 per person or $35 per family; $5 for lunch
Explore the archaeology of the Upper Nemasket River from the water! We will embark from a location off Vaughan Street in Middleborough and visit several sites along the way downriver. We will end the tour just above the fish ladder at Wareham Street in Middleborough, and then walk 1 ½ blocks to the Robbins Museum for a tour of the facilities. Shuttle transportation back to the put-in point will be provided. Lunches may be pre-ordered using a registration form on the Massachusetts Archaeological Society's website (www.massarchaeology.org) or the Taunton River Watershed Alliance website (www.savethetaunton.org). Canoes and kayaks may also be rented for the day.

Lexington

In Thoreau's Footsteps

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 13, 7-8:30pm
Location: Cary Memorial Library, 1874 Massachusetts Avenue
Information: maud.ayson@gmail.com
Sponsor: Archaeology Outreach, Freedom's Way National Heritage Area, www.freedomsway.org.
Admission: Free
Join us as we discuss the man who found Thoreau's Cabin. Roland Robbins was an avocational archaeologist or, as he put it, "a pick and shovel historian." Robbins is the unknown element in many local historical sites, including Saugus Iron Works & the Hancock-Clark House. He may even be the father of the Living History movement. Join local archaeologist Kimberly Connors-Hughes as we examine the man who discovered the archaeological evidence of Thoreau's sojourn into the natural world.

Lowell

Identify This Textile Artifact

Date & Time: Wednesdays through Sundays throughout October, 10am-5pm
Location: American Textile History Museum, 491 Dutton Street
Information: khirbour@athm.org
Sponsor: American Textile History Museum, www.athm.org
Admission: Adults: $10, Seniors and Children: $8, Children under six: free
Identify some historic textile artifacts that were used as tools. Think about how they might have been used and whether or not they are still used today.

Middlesex Canal Bike Tour

Date & Time: Saturday, October 17, 9am
Location: Boston to Lowell, see below
Information: Contact leader Bill Kuttner at 617-241-9383
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. 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.

Medford

Middlesex Canal Bike Tour

Date & Time: Saturday, October 17, 9am
Location: Boston to Lowell, see below
Information: Contact leader Bill Kuttner at 617-241-9383
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free (MBTA fare not included)
Medford 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. 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.

Archaeological Canoe Tour of the Upper Nemasket River

Date & Time: Saturday, October 10, 10am (rain date Sunday October 11)
Location: Vaughan Street to Wareham Street
Information: 508-531-2249, c1hoffman@bridgew.edu
Sponsor: Massachusetts Archaeological Society, Taunton River Watershed Alliance
Admission: $25 per person or $35 per family; $5 for lunch
Explore the archaeology of the Upper Nemasket River from the water! We will embark from a location off Vaughan Street in Middleborough and visit several sites along the way downriver. We will end the tour just above the fish ladder at Wareham Street in Middleborough, and then walk 1 ½ blocks to the Robbins Museum for a tour of the facilities. Shuttle transportation back to the put-in point will be provided. Lunches may be pre-ordered using a registration form on the Massachusetts Archaeological Society's website (www.massarchaeology.org) or the Taunton River Watershed Alliance website (www.savethetaunton.org). Canoes and kayaks may also be rented for the day.

Excavating Shipwrecks Off the New England Coast

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 14, 7-9pm
Location: Robbins Museum of Archaeology, 17 Jackson Street
Information: info@massarchaeology.org
Sponsor: Robbins Museum of Archaeology; Massasoit Chapter, Massachusetts Archaeological Society
Admission: Adults $5, children $2, free for MAS members, Middleborough students, & active service personnel
Join us to view an outstanding display of artifacts from local shipwrecks and discuss the trials and tribulations of excavating these underwater wrecks. Presented by Debra Jackson, Hank Lynch, and Tom Mulloy.

Massachusetts Archaeological Society Annual Meeting

Date & Time: Saturday, October 24, 9:30am -5pm
Location: Robbins Museum of Archaeology, 17 Jackson Street
Information: info@massarchaeology.org
Sponsor: Massachusetts Archaeological Society, www.massarchaeology.org
Admission: Adults: $12, MAS Members and Students: $10
The annual meeting of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society (MAS) will begin with the business portion in the morning, followed by a slate of presentations and papers in the afternoon. The papers will cover a wide range of interesting archaeological topics. Visit our website at www.massarchaeology.org for a full program description.

Newbury

Dirt Detectives

Date & Time: Weekdays throughout October, 8am-3pm
Location: Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little's Lane
Information: www.historicnewengland.org
Sponsor: Historic New England
Admission: $6 per person
Students become archaeologists as they search for artifacts and excavate a mock "pit" with the tools and techniques used in archaeology. Students collaborate as they piece together reproduction artifacts in a field laboratory. Inside the museum, students explore archaeology via artifacts found on the property, trap doors, and hidden spaces that reveal 300 years of history! Sessions are two hours in duration.

North Adams

Archaeology and the Atomic Bomb

Date & Time: Saturday, October 3, 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
2015 makes the 70th anniversary of both the invention and use of the world's first atomic weapons that introduced the Atomic Age. As the beginning of the Atomic Age fades into history, archaeologists are working to document an era that was marked by uncertainty of our future as a species and the further testing and experimentation that at times seemed out of control. This illustrated lecture will reveal that time period through its unique archaeological record.

Star Crossed Civilizations

Date & Time: Saturday, October 10, 3pm
Location: Western Gateway Heritage State Park, Visitors Museum, Building 4, 115 State Street
Information: 413-663-6312
Sponsor: Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, MassParks
Admission: Free
This illustrated lecture will journey around the world to explore the archaeological remains of ancient cultures whose structures strived to mimic the heavens above.

Pittsfield

Shaker Water Power, Renewable Energy, and Archaeology Tour

Date & Time: Sunday, October 4, 10:30am-12pm
Location: Meet at Hancock Shaker Village Visitor Center. Entrance is located just west of intersections of Routes 20 & 41.
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 Observance

Date & Time: Ongoing throughout October and November (Mondays through Wednesdays, 10am-9pm; Thursdays, 10am-6pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 10am-5:30pm)
Location: Plymouth Public Library, 132 South Street
Information: 508-830-4250, www.plymouthpubliclibrary.org
Sponsor: Plymouth Public Library
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 the Library's website for more specific information about our observance of Archaeology Month.

Walking Tour of Burial Hill: Finding Early Plymouth

Date & Time: Saturday, October 3, 1pm
Location: Burial Hill, Town Square
Information: www.plymouthantiquariansociety.org, 508-746-0012
Sponsor: Plymouth Antiquarian Society, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Admission: Free
Plymouth's Burial Hill is known for its ancient gravestones and scenic vista of Cape Cod Bay, 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 will discuss archaeological developments in our understanding of early Plymouth from this exceptional vantage point on a 1 hour guided walking tour. Tour begins at the top of the Hill. Sturdy walking shoes recommended to traverse steep slopes.

Archaeology Day at Ellisville Harbor State Park: "So You Want To Be An Archaeologist?"

Date & Time: Saturday, October 24, 10am -2pm
Location: Meet at the State Park on Route 3A
Information: 508-866-2580 x162
Sponsor: Massachusetts Department of Cultural Resources, Ellisville Harbor State Park
Admission: Free
Get your hands dirty with the DCR archaeologist. A brief introduction to the science of archaeology will set the stage for a day of digging, washing, recording, mapping, cataloguing, and much more! Bring water, lunch, and work gloves. Stay for an hour or all day. All ages welcome! Rain cancels.

Burial Hill: Preservation in Progress

Date & Time: Saturday, October 31, 10am-12pm
Location: Burial Hill, School Street, Town Square
Information: charyle.burialhillfriend@verizon.net, 781-706-5531, friendsofburialhill.org
Sponsor: Friends of Burial Hill, Inc.
Admission: Free
The non-profit organization, the Friends of Burial Hill Inc., was founded to help preserve Burial Hill, conserve its gravestones, and raise awareness through education as to the importance of those efforts. Join us in one of our country's earliest burial grounds for tours of the conservation areas and the sites of our ground penetrating radar (GPR) explorations. We will demonstrate gravestone cleaning, documentation procedures, and fragment collection.

Quincy

Lyons Turning Mill Site Tour

Date & Time: Saturday, October 3, 10am-3pm (Rain date is Saturday, October 17, 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 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.

Salem

A House at Play: Children in the Archaeological Record

Date & Time: Saturday, October 3, 11am-12pm
Location: Salem National Maritime Historic Site, St. Joseph's Hall, 160 Derby Street (second floor)
Information: emily_murphy@nps.gov
Sponsor: National Park Service, www.nps.gov/sama
Admission: Free
Join National Park Service staff for a presentation about children in the archaeological record, with a focus on the 1675 Narbonne House in Salem. The talk will focus on the many children who grew up in the home and their daily lives throughout the centuries of occupation. Following the presentation, visitors will be led to the Narbonne House for a brief tour and to view the "A House at Play" exhibit.

Sheffield

Sheffield Historical Society's Spirit Walk

Date & Time: Saturday, October 24, 2-4pm
Location: Center Cemetery, Berkshire School Road
Information: 413-229-2694, shs@sheffieldhistory.org
Sponsor: Sheffield Historical Society, www.sheffieldhistory.org
Admission: $5, members and children 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: Saturday, October 17, 9am
Location: Boston to Lowell, see below
Information: Contact leader Bill Kuttner at 617-241-9383
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free (MBTA fare not included)
Somerville 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. 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

Interregional Exchange and Ceremonialism Two Millenia before the Fur Trade: Insights from the Champlain and Connecticut River Valleys

Date & Time: Thursday, October 15, 12:15pm
Location: Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Information: www.springfieldmuseums.org
Sponsor: Springfield Museums, Big Y
Admission: Museum Members: $2, Non-Members: $4
The Early Woodland Period in the Northeast (ca. 3,000-2,000 years Before Present) was a dynamic time in the region's pre-contact past. For the first time, select individuals participated in vast exchange networks and expended considerable effort in elaborate rituals, including burials. Rather than a period of abundance, however, recent archaeological and geological information suggest that the Early Woodland was a time of environmental downturn, and those populations contracted over much if the region. Vermont State Archaeologist Jess Robinson will explore the initiation, maintenance, and the ultimate abandonment of these trade networks and rituals using sites from the Champlain and Connecticut River Valleys, including information curated at the Springfield Science Museum.

Stoneham

The Peopling of a Place Called Haywardville

Date & Time: Saturday, October 3, 10am-12pm
Location: Meet at 4 Woodland Road
Information: info@preservation-collaborative.com, www.preservation-collaborative.com/haywardville
Sponsor: Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Preservation Collaborative
Admission: Free
Join historian Ryan Hayward of the Preservation Collaborative and DCR archaeologist Ellen Berkland for a walking tour of this cultural and environmental gem owned by the Commonwealth. Walk back in time and learn about the land-use history of this area beginning thousands of years ago with the First People, and ending with the "Industrial Eden" of the mill town Haywardville. This walk will involve navigating some steep and possibly wet terrain, Please wear appropriate footwear and bring water. Rain cancels.

Sturbridge

A Closer Look: The Hervey Brooks Pottery Shop

Date & Time: Saturday, October 10, 10am
Location: Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd.
Information: www.osv.org
Sponsor: Old Sturbridge Village
Admission: Adults: $24, Seniors: $22, Youths: $8, Children under 3: Free
Explore the Hervey Brooks pottery shop with an Old Sturbridge Village curator and learn about the archaeological digs at the site of Brooks' shop in Goshen, CT. Event meets at the Hervey Brooks Pottery Shop.

Taunton

Archaeology for Kids

Date & Time: Saturday, October 3, 1-3pm
Location: Old Colony History Museum, 66 Church Green
Information: www.oldcolonyhistoricalsociety.org
Sponsor: Old Colony History Museum
Admission: Free; reservation needed (call 508-822-1622)
Do you ever wonder how people lived hundreds or even thousands of years ago? What did they eat? What kinds of tools did they use? What did their toys look like? Come learn about life ling ago at our Kid's Archaeology event. You'll see real artifacts from New England history and learn about how archaeologists work to decipher clues from our past. Kids will even get to take home their own treasures. This event is free and open to the public. Please call the Old Colony History Museum at 508-822-1622 to reserve your spot.

Templeton

Archaeology Day at Otter River State Forest: "So You Want To Be An Archaeologist?"

Date & Time: Saturday, October 10, 10am-2pm
Location: Meet at 86 Winchendon Road, Baldwinville
Information: 978-939-8962
Sponsor: Massachusetts Department of Cultural Resources, Otter River State Forest
Admission: Free
Get your hands dirty with the DCR archaeologist. A brief introduction to the science of archaeology will set the stage for a day of digging, washing, recording, mapping, cataloguing, and much more! Bring water, lunch, and work gloves. Stay for an hour or all day. All ages welcome! Happy 100th birthday ORSF! Rain cancels.

Tewksbury

Annual Cemetery Tour

Date & Time: Sunday, October 18, 3pm (Rain date: Sunday, October 25, 3pm)
Location: Tewksbury Cemetery, East Street
Information: tewksburyhistoricalsociety@msn.com
Sponsor: Tewksbury Historical Society
Admission: $5 Members, $7 Non-members
The Tewksbury Historical Society is hosting its 6th Annual Cemetery Tour. The tour, led by past president Kim Zunino, will take participants through the Old Center Cemetery and the Tewksbury Cemetery and explore the final resting places of Tewksbury's founding citizens. Learn about gravestone symbols and burial customs of our ancestors.

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

Wayland's First Burial Ground: Your CPA Money At Work

Date & Time: Sunday, October 4, 2-4pm
Location: North Cemetery, 65 Old Sudbury Road
Information: 508-358-4646
Sponsor: Wayland Historical Commission, Wayland Historical Society
Admission: Free
The Town of Wayland hired archaeologist Barbara Donohue to prepare a Preservation Management Plan for the North Cemetery – the first burying ground for Sudbury & Wayland. The plan included three key components: documentary research, a conditions assessment, and a ground penetrating radar survey. Meet at the cemetery where Ms. Donohue will discuss the plan, its results, and how it can benefit both the town and this fragile historic property. This event will be held rain or shine.

Wilmington

Middlesex Canal Bike Tour

Date & Time: Saturday, October 17, 9am
Location: Boston to Lowell, see below
Information: Contact leader Bill Kuttner at 617-241-9383
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. 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 18, 1:30pm
Location: Beginning Wilmington Town Park, Route 38
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
Walk a rural section of the canal north to Patch's Pond, once a canal basin. See grooves worn in a boulder by tow ropes as boats wound around the Ox Bow, the remains of Maple Meadow Brook Aquaduct, and the canal "prism," or bed. Walk begins at 1:30 at Wilmington Town Park.

Winchester

Middlesex Canal Bike Tour

Date & Time: Saturday, October 17, 9am
Location: Boston to Lowell, see below
Information: Contact leader Bill Kuttner at 617-241-9383
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free (MBTA fare not included)
Winchester's Sandy Beach 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. 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: Saturday, October 17, 9am
Location: Boston to Lowell, see below
Information: Contact leader Bill Kuttner at 617-241-9383
Sponsor: Middlesex Canal Association, www.middlesexcanal.org
Admission: Free (MBTA fare not included)
The Kiwani's 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. 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.