Massachusetts Archaeological Society

Massachusetts Archaeological Society Get involved! Join the society online at http://massarchaeology.org/membership.htm Visit the Robbins Museum of Archaeology at 17 Jackson St, Middleboro, MA Hours: Wednesday 10 AM - 4 PM Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM
Email: [email protected] The Massachusetts Archaeological Society stimulates the study of archaeology and Native American cultural history, especially in Massachusetts, and serves as a bond among all students of archaeology.
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The Massachusetts Archaeological Society is a group where professional and avocational archaeologists can get together and promote the study of Native American history, particularly in Massachusetts.

Mission: The MAS fosters public understanding through educational programs and publications, and promotes scientific research, careful, well-directed archaeological activity, conservation of sites, data, and artifacts, and seeks to prevent collection of specimens for commercial purposes. Since 1939, the MAS has studied the people whose cultural legacy is within the lands we walk upon today.

03/14/2020

Please note that the Gene Winter Chapter's meeting on March 17 has been canceled.

03/13/2020

Due to the coronavirus situation in Massachusetts and to protect our visitors and volunteers, the Robbins Museum and MAS offices will remain closed. We will evaluate the situation at the end of March and provide you with any updates at that time. Sorry for any inconvenience!

Unfortunately, tonight's lecture is canceled. We'll let you know when it is rescheduled. Sorry for any inconvenience!
02/18/2020

Unfortunately, tonight's lecture is canceled. We'll let you know when it is rescheduled. Sorry for any inconvenience!

New lecture this Tuesday! Get all the details below.
02/14/2020

New lecture this Tuesday! Get all the details below.

See you tonight at the Robbins!
02/12/2020

See you tonight at the Robbins!

February 12 at the Robbins. Hope to see you there!
02/01/2020

February 12 at the Robbins. Hope to see you there!

Incredible find in Maine! #history #archaeology #Massachusetts #Maine
01/28/2020
700-year-old canoe found in mud a reminder of Maine's rich Native American heritage

Incredible find in Maine!
#history #archaeology #Massachusetts #Maine

Archaeologists have recovered the oldest, and only pre-European contact, dugout canoe ever found in Maine. They pulled the Native American vessel, which is estimated to be between 700 and 800 years old, from the mud off Cape Porpoise last week. Only three other dugout canoes have ever been located i...

Tonight!
01/21/2020

Tonight!

Coming up this coming Tuesday! Get the details below.
01/19/2020

Coming up this coming Tuesday! Get the details below.

If you're in the North Attleborough area, check out Local Archaeology Day next Saturday (January 25). See the details be...
01/18/2020

If you're in the North Attleborough area, check out Local Archaeology Day next Saturday (January 25). See the details below!

Join members of the Gene Winter Chapter based in #Andover at the Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology for their ne...
01/15/2020

Join members of the Gene Winter Chapter based in #Andover at the Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology for their next #FREE #archaeology lecture on Tuesday, JAN 21. The program topic: a discussion of 19th century sex work and the implications for studying the history of prostitution through material culture and historical documents. Details below!
#history #Massachusetts

Sending our thanks out to the The Society for Historical Archaeology and annual conference chairs Joe Bagley City of Bos...
01/14/2020

Sending our thanks out to the The Society for Historical Archaeology and annual conference chairs Joe Bagley City of Boston Archaeology Program and Jen Poulson Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology for their tremendous efforts in making the recent Revolution 2020 conference in Boston a great one! MAS also sends a huge thank you to conference committee members Vic Mastone (ret., Mass Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources), Lindsay Randall Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology, Ellen Berkland @MassDCR, and the many other local archaeologists who worked to make #SHA2020 so successful. The MAS team really enjoyed being a part of the conference, book room, and especially the Family Fun with Archaeology event. Thrilled to hang out at Saturday's archaeology fair with friends from Museum of Science, Boston, Plimoth Plantation, Gray & Pape, Inc., @CapeCodMuseumofNaturalHistory, Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Archaeological Institute of America, Northeast Museum Services Center, Barbara Donahue of Donahue Consulting, Leominster, MA, Friends of the Office of State Archaeology (CT), Hurstwic, Epoch Preservation, the Indigenous Resource Collaborative, and the 54th Massachusetts Regiment. Thanks again! #Massachsuetts #archaeology #history #culture #digMass

Before you head up to the Archaeology Fair at the Copley Boston Public Library this weekend, swing by the Robbins Museum...
01/08/2020

Before you head up to the Archaeology Fair at the Copley Boston Public Library this weekend, swing by the Robbins Museum in Middleborough for an engaging talk by Craig Chartier of Plymouth Archaeological Rediscovery Project PARP on Wednesday, January 8. Hear the talk, chat with some archaeologists, and check out the collections on display. Details below! #science #history #archaeology #Massachusetts

Got archaeology? WE DO! Join us for a FREE FAMILY event at the Boston Public Library on Saturday, January 11 to get your...
01/06/2020

Got archaeology? WE DO! Join us for a FREE FAMILY event at the Boston Public Library on Saturday, January 11 to get your hands on some science and culture. Raffles and prizes, too! Open to the public from 10am to 2pm for FREE! The MAS and more than 15 other museums, nonprofits, and cultural resource management firms welcome you to the world of archaeology!

Upcoming meeting of the Gene Winter/Northeast Chapter! #museum #collections #digMass
12/10/2019

Upcoming meeting of the Gene Winter/Northeast Chapter! #museum #collections #digMass

We thoroughly enjoyed our 80th Annual Meeting on Saturday, November 16. So thrilled to welcome Marty Dudek, John Hart, a...
11/18/2019

We thoroughly enjoyed our 80th Annual Meeting on Saturday, November 16. So thrilled to welcome Marty Dudek, John Hart, and Dave Robinson for their presentations. And, we got to celebrate another milestone...a birthday for longtime Trustee Al Smith, who is still active in the field as an archaeologist! Many thanks to the members who came and took part in the afternoon!

11/16/2019

The fun starts at 1 (or come early for the free food). See you there!

Our fall newsletter is out! Read it here: https://mailchi.mp/76273f78444a/mas-fall-newsletter-2019
10/22/2019
MAS Fall Newsletter 2019

Our fall newsletter is out! Read it here: https://mailchi.mp/76273f78444a/mas-fall-newsletter-2019

You heard that correctly! When you do the math for the time between 1939 to 2019, it means that our treasured Massachusetts Archaeological Society is celebrating 80 years of preservation and education around the archaeological history of the Commonwealth. We remember the hard work and commitment of....

Community Alert! The MAS website has been hacked and is down for repairs. Thanks to everyone who noticed and sent us a m...
10/17/2019

Community Alert! The MAS website has been hacked and is down for repairs. Thanks to everyone who noticed and sent us a message. We are working with a new web developer to get it up and running again soon. In the meantime, news and updates will be posted on our page. Thanks!

It’s finally here! October and the national celebration of #Archaeology Month. Check out the online calendar of events f...
10/01/2019

It’s finally here! October and the national celebration of #Archaeology Month. Check out the online calendar of events from the #Massachusetts Historical Commission at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/mhc/mhcarch/arch_month/archidx.htm. Then join the MAS or one of our regional chapters for a deep dive into #history and #culture. Happy Learning! #digMass

Our friends at Cape Cod Museum of Natural History are celebrating Free Fun Fridays today in Brewster, MA. Check them out...
08/30/2019

Our friends at Cape Cod Museum of Natural History are celebrating Free Fun Fridays today in Brewster, MA. Check them out if you are on the Cape!

Highland Street Foundation's Free Fun Friday is here! We are open from 9:30-4:00 (last admission is at 3:30) Don't miss our Butterfly House and Walk Through Whale!

It’s quite something to see artifacts from your own lifetime excavated in an archaeological dig! #digMass #recenthistory...
07/24/2019

It’s quite something to see artifacts from your own lifetime excavated in an archaeological dig! #digMass #recenthistory #genX

Just found a tape of New Edition’s self-titled 1984 second album. Found at the bottom of the 1980s fill behind 6 Hudson St. We think that we have reached the bottom of the fill, today, and hope to be digging in the original yard deposits, soon
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#digBOS #digChinatown #Boston #chinatown #archaeology #science #history

MAS Trustee and VP of the Danvers Historical Society hosted quite a program at DHS yesterday. Love to see outreach about...
07/19/2019

MAS Trustee and VP of the Danvers Historical Society hosted quite a program at DHS yesterday. Love to see outreach about #Massachusetts #archaeology.

Thank you David McKenna for your amazing presentation and speech this evening.

It's not exactly #archaeology, but there are plenty of us out there who spend time studying #geology and #paleontology. ...
07/12/2019
At The T-Rex Races: On Your Mark, Get Set, Rawwrr!

It's not exactly #archaeology, but there are plenty of us out there who spend time studying #geology and #paleontology. This weekend chuckle is for all those geo-geeks out there...#digMass

The sight of fierce-looking dinosaurs bobbing down a groomed horse track has quickly become a crowd favorite at the Emerald Downs racetrack in Washington state.

The Trustees and members of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society extend their deepest sympathies to the family and f...
07/10/2019

The Trustees and members of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society extend their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Connecticut State Archaeologist Dr. Brian Jones, who died last week. We lost a champion of New England archaeology with Brian's passing and we remember his many contributions and lasting influence on the field.

It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Dr. Brian Jones. He served as Connecticut’s State Archaeologist and a member of our Historic Preservation Council for the past five years. Brian brought a level of enthusiasm to his work that was infectious, a consummate kindness that never wavered, and complete dedication to everything he did. He was a patient teacher, a caring friend, and all around good person. He will be missed by all who knew him, especially his loving family. Visit Office of State Archaeology, Connecticut to read a touching note from his daughter, Fiona Jones.

Brian’s life will be celebrated on August 4th at 1 pm in the upstairs hall at the Irish American Home Society in Glastonbury.

Hot off the press! Local #archaeology in the news! Dr. Calvin Mires of Bridgewater State University and friend of the MA...
06/05/2019
College Students Work To Solve Shipwreck Mystery On Cape Cod

Hot off the press! Local #archaeology in the news! Dr. Calvin Mires of Bridgewater State University and friend of the MAS is conducting a field school for a #shipwreck on Cape Cod. #Massachusetts #history is everywhere. Check out the story below! #digMass

Bridgewater State has a unique field study going on in Mashpee, and the young people are definitely getting their feet wet.

Proud to be a part of the #PassportToHistory kickoff tonight with Old Colony History Museum and other great southeast Ma...
05/31/2019

Proud to be a part of the #PassportToHistory kickoff tonight with Old Colony History Museum and other great southeast Mass #museums. Get your passport at the Robbins and explore the #history and #culture of #Massachusetts.

04/14/2019
Friends of Dighton Rock Museum

Board Member and Membership Coordinator Greg Lott will be at Dighton Rock today answering questions about Vikings and archaeology.

" Join independent researcher Gregory M. Lott as he discusses the many places in North America that have been attributed to visiting Norse explorers"
Second Sunday Program at Dighton Rock Museum, located at Dighton Rock park off BayView Ave. Berkley, on April 14th at 1:00 p.m. Admission to the museum, the park and the program is free.

Another incredible #Viking discovery! Possible #ship burial. #archaeology #science #digMass
03/25/2019
Archeologists believe Norway find is rare Viking ship burial

Another incredible #Viking discovery! Possible #ship burial. #archaeology #science #digMass

Archeologists believe they have found a rare Viking ship burial site in a region of Norway known for its Viking-era treasures, Norwegian officials said Monday.

Great piece by Nina Versaggi, Director of the Public Archaeology Facility in Binghamton, NY, on the parallels between ac...
03/07/2019
Public archaeologists dig before construction crews

Great piece by Nina Versaggi, Director of the Public Archaeology Facility in Binghamton, NY, on the parallels between academic archaeology and cultural resource management. Look for the eye-popping statistics on the number of federal undertaking that were required by the National Historic Preservation Act! #archaeology #CRM

Editor’s note: This article, distributed by The Associated Press, was originally published on The Conversation website. The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and…

Breaking news in #Boston historical #archaeology. An exciting update from Old North Church & Historic Site and the excav...
02/20/2019

Breaking news in #Boston historical #archaeology. An exciting update from Old North Church & Historic Site and the excavations conducted by the City of Boston Archaeology Program.

Megan Sheehan, MA student at the UMass Boston Historical Archaeology Graduate Program just made a major breakthrough in analysis of the privy we dug in Washington Garden/ 1-3 Unity Court at Old North Church & Historic Site! Her analysis shows that the 3,124 artifacts we found are likely to be exclusively associated with Lyman and Almeria Locke, who purchased 2 Unity Court the year after they married in 1834 and lived in the home from 1835-1843. Almeria (née Boynton) is possibly related to Lyman’s neighbors, the Boynton family, at 3 Unity Court. She dies in 1843 of consumption (tuberculosis) and Lyman leaves the house that year, possibly clearing out his house contents into the privy in a large dumping episode in 1843. Lyman continues to own the house but rents it out until he marries Eliza Lane in 1848, the same year he sells 2 Unity Court. Lyman is buried next to Almeria in Mt. Auburn cemetery in Cambridge. Photos show Megan next to the 141 ceramic vessels we found in the privy and two photos taken as we dug the privy in 2016. Much more info to come as we can now turn the stuff into the story of Almeria and Lyman Locke.

Amazing discovery in Alabama on the Gulf Coast.
02/10/2019
Ancient Native American canal discovered in Gulf Shores

Amazing discovery in Alabama on the Gulf Coast.

Working on tips from locals, archaeologists announced the discovery of an ancient canal cut through the sandy soil of the Fort Morgan peninsula 1,400 years ago. The canal, dug in 600 A.D., once ran south from Oyster Bay to the northern shore of Little Lagoon in Gulf Shores. It would have served as a...

The curious case of the missing #Wyoming  #petroglyphs. Sixty years later, these Native American works are appropriate m...
02/08/2019
Once-missing petroglyphs to be digitally restored

The curious case of the missing #Wyoming #petroglyphs. Sixty years later, these Native American works are appropriate museum care. #science #conservation #digMass @newsrecord

POWELL — After being blasted off a cliff face south of Greybull almost 60 years ago, a collection of Native American rock art went on display at the Buffalo Bill

Mark your calendars for the next SE Chapter event on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7pm. Nothing says Happy Valentine's Day like ...
01/31/2019

Mark your calendars for the next SE Chapter event on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7pm. Nothing says Happy Valentine's Day like a little Viking combat instruction. Join us! #vikings #archaeology #digMass

Our newsletter is out today! Join us in celebrating #80for80 -- the 80th year of the Massachusetts Archaeological Societ...
01/30/2019
MAS Newsletter: Fall/Winter Edition

Our newsletter is out today! Join us in celebrating #80for80 -- the 80th year of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society! #archaeology #citizenscience #digMass

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Middleboro, MA
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Robbins Museum of Archaeology, 17 Jackson St, Middleboro, MA Hours: Wednesday: 10 AM--4 PM Saturday: 10 AM--2 PM Adults- $5; Children- $2

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Saturday 10:00 - 14:00

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While removing wrist-thick, 20-ft.-long Asiatic Bittersweet roots, students in the Youth Environmental Entrepreneurship Program (YEEP) of Meadowscaping for Biodiversity (MS4B- www.meadowmaking.org) found these items last summer at Kennard Park in Newton. Would you please help us identify them or refer us to another resource? Thank you!
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Caught your presentation at the Attleboro Historical Preservation Society meeting last night, it was wonderful! Thank you!
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