Friday, October 19, 2018

NEARA fall events

From Peter Anick:
Hi. Just wanted to alert you to a few things of interest:

We are in archaeology month in Massachusetts.  Lots of interesting events still coming up.  Here are a few:

International Archaeology Day at Dighton Rock State Park

Date & Time: Saturday, October 20, 10am-2pm
Location: Dighton Rock State Park, 3rd Avenue
Information: 617-626-1377,
Sponsor: Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Massachusetts Archaeological Society – Southeast Chapter, and the Friends of Dighton Rock   
Admission: Free
Be an archaeologist for the day!  Learn how to think like an archaeologist…excavate a test unit, screen for and identify artifacts, and document and record soil levels. Other activities focus on the extensive and rich peopling of the area dating back thousands of years. Find out why this place was and is so special to the First People of Massachusetts. Learn how to use a bow-drill, grind corn with a mortar and pestle, weave a fishing net, make a ground stone-tool fishing weight, make a ceramic pot in the traditional indigenous way, play the game of Hubhub, or even try your hand (arm) at throwing an atlatl! Visitors are welcome to bring an artifact for the experts to identify and to tour the most studied artifact in the U.S.‑Dighton Rock‑ carved by indigenous people thousands of years ago. The event is free and there is plenty of parking. Bring water (and work gloves if excavating and screening).

Adult Archaeology Walk

Date & Time: Saturday, October 20. 10am (Rain Date October 27, please call to confirm)
Location: Meet at the parking lot at the end of Wheeler Lane, off of Route 27, Acton
Information: 978-929-6655
Sponsor: Friends of Pine Hawk, Acton Memorial Library
Admission: Free
This year's archaeology walk will again be led by Linda McElroy, Trail Through Time site specialist.  During the walk, we will visit the Nashoba Brook stone chamber, view its interesting interior, and learn about its history and that of its associated square foundation. Time permitting, we will also visit the industrial era site of the Acton Pencil Factory.  Visitors are advised to wear hiking boots, and bring buy spray and a flashlight for the walk. The walk is expected to take 1.5 to 2 hours and cover a distance of 1.5 miles round trip. Please confirm the event date and time in the library's online calendar.

More events listed here:

Hope you can make it to the Fall NEARA meeting in Nashua.  Reserve before Oct. 31 to take advantage of lower prices and guarantee banquet seats/hotel reservations.  As usual, we will try reserving some tables at Saturday lunch for Massachusetts chapter folks to meet and discuss what's new (or old, for that matter).  If you have a site you would like to see, or if you are willing to lead a field trip, let me know and we can discuss at the meeting.

The leaves are hanging on tight this season, so we'll shoot for a November date for the Montague field trip, which is best seen without foliage. Tentatively thinking about the weekend of Nov. 24, so we can walk off our Thanksgiving dinners.  Mark that in your calendars, to be confirmed.

Finally: At the moment, I am the custodian of the NEARA library's small collection of books on rock art.  If you are interested in borrowing a book for your research or interest, let me know your interest and we'll figure out a way to lend it to you (e.g. I could bring it to the fall meeting).  You can check out the full library in Nashua during the meeting as well.

Best regards,
Massachusetts state coordinator

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