Pine Hawk F.A.Q.
Friends of Pine Hawk
Q. Where can I see some of the Pine Hawk artifacts?
There is a wonderful exhibit on the first floor of Acton Town Hall (turn left upon entering). A number of artifacts are displayed, along with contextual information. There are site maps and photographs outside the Engineering Department in Town Hall.
Most of the thousands of artifacts, however, are kept at the Public Archaeology Laboratory (PAL) in Rhode Island. PAL excavated the site and has the state contract to protect and care for these items.
Q. Do you have any educational materials?
- A printable brochure is available HERE (PDF).
- There is a teacher's kit with many replicas, available through the Acton Health Department by e-mailing dhalley (at) acton-ma.gov. The kit includes items such as spear points and pottery shards.
- A detailed scientific report by PAL intended primarily for professional archaeologists is available in the library: A Program of Archaeological Data Recovery: the Pine Hawk site (19-MD-793), Acton, Massachusetts, by Joseph N. Waller Jr. and Duncan Ritchie.
- The Library also has three large, portable displays (pictured below), suitable for taking to lectures and demonstrations. When not traveling, the displays are mounted near the Reference Desk at the Acton Memorial Library. They may be borrowed by any local business or organization by contacting the Library Director.
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- Additional related information is available through the Friends of Pine Hawk web archives.
Q. Are there any legal issues connected with the artifacts?
You bet. The Massachusetts Historical Commission by law owns the actual artifacts, and PAL (Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc.) has the overall contract for their maintenance. There are strict storage and safety requirements for those that are displayed locally in Acton. The Native Americans themselves also have significant legal rights and interests.
If you have additional questions, please email Bob Ferrara of the Friends of Pine Hawk at: rferrara (at) mit.edu
The Friends of Pine Hawk are grateful to the Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council, Woodard & Curran, and the Friends of the Acton Libraries for their support.
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