Massachusetts Archaeology Month October 2017

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October is Archaeology Month in Massachusetts, with a month-long schedule of over 60 exhibits, lectures, walks and events that promote awareness of the Commonwealth’s rich archaeological past.

These events are taking place in 30 + cities and towns across the state and range from children’s programs to scholarly discussions of Massachusetts’ past.

Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin says, “Many events highlight local Native American, Colonial, and Industrial history, while others explore the archaeological past in other countries. We have numerous events focusing on what can be learned from archaeology and how that knowledge can be applied.”

Among the events:

  • Ancient Adaptations by Native Americans in Boston Harbor
  • Digging at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst
  • Divine Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt at the Harvard Museums in Cambridge
  • Plymouth Colony during King Phillip’s War at Duxbury Public Library
  • Greek Buddhist and Christian art and Archaeology at the Springfield Museums

See full schedule here.

This year’s Archaeology Month poster features stone artifacts recovered from excavations at a South Shore site. Delving into the Past is the 2017 theme for Massachusetts Archaeology Month, according to State Archaeologist Brona Simon.

“The cover of this calendar features a number of chipped stone tools that were crafted by Native Americans about 3,500 to 3,800 years ago,” Simon says.

Here are Archaeology Resources for Teachers.

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