Dig Up Local History at Historic Deerfield’s Archaeology Day!
Archaeology Day at Historic Deerfield
Dig up some local history at Historic Deerfield’s Archaeology Day on Saturday, October 19th! Families with children of all ages can learn about the role that archaeology has played in explorations of local history at this free event, which features special exhibits, tours, lectures, and hands-on activities.
Held from 10:30am-4pm, Archaeology Day is hosted by Historic Deerfield in conjunction with the Massachusetts Archaeological Society, the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, and the University of Massachusetts. Families can learn about local history and local archaeological digs by taking part in an archaeological tour of the historic village, searching for artifacts in a mock dig site, attending a lecture on digs that have taken place at the former site of the Pocumtuck Fort, or visiting a display of artifacts that have been recovered from two local sites – Sanford Tavern and Taylor’s Fort.
The event presents a unique opportunity for students to learn about the role of archaeology in piecing together history. The context in which students most often learn about archaeology is in studies of prehistoric beasts and primitive cultures, but archaeology is used in order to learn more about the plants, animals, and people who lived during nearly any time period in history and in any part of the world. Archaeologists don’t just dig up dinosaur bones and arrowheads, they work to recover building foundations, fragments of tools and dishes, and other evidence of life and human culture…
Being able to learn about archaeology within a familiar context can help students to make sense of what they learn, and to truly understand its usefulness. Even the youngest kiddos can learn this, as hands-on activities present an opportunity to physically interact with the information being shared at the event.
Archaeology Day will take place at Historic Deerfield, with most events taking place at (or beginning at) the Visitor Center, located at 80A Old Main Street. For more information, contact Historic Deerfield at 413-775-7214.
For a deeper examination of archaeology, check out these great archaeologically themed children’s books:
- Right Here On This Spot by Sharon Hart Addy
- Fossils Tell of Long Ago by Aliki
- Discovery at Flint Springs by John Erickson (chapter book)
- A Woolly Mammoth Journey by Debbie Miller
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