From the State Archaeologist

Archaeological investigations at the Boott Mills boardinghouses in Lowell are featured on the cover of this year’s Calendar of Events and Archaeology Month poster. Archaeologists have a keen interest in excavating sites associated with people who, in the past, history had previously glossed over or ignored, such as the ordinary mill worker of the 19th century, women, Native Americans, and African Americans.

Recent archaeological investigations at the Boott Mills boarding house sites uncovered many interesting artifacts and features. Artifacts are a tangible link to the past. The artifacts on the cover of this calendar and Archaeology Month poster reveal more details about the daily life of mill workers and Lowell’s mill girls.

To learn more about the life of mill girls as seen through the discovery of their artifacts, be sure to turn to the last two pages of this calendar.

The events in this year’s Archaeology Month Calendar will give you many opportunities to learn more about archaeology and its varied discoveries across the state — we hope that you enjoy them.

Brona Simon
State Archaeologist

Many thanks to:

Thomas M. Blazej, Director of Graphic Communications, Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
Jeff Surette, Graphic Communications, Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
Corolette Goodwin, Director, Central Services, Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
Linda Santoro, Archaeology Month Coordinator, Massachusetts Historical Commission