Pine Hawk Fall Programs

Friends of Pine Hawk Fall 2016 Archaeology Programs

Schedule in PDF format

 

Saturday, October 1, drop‐in 3 – 4:30 p.m.

MEET AN ARCHAEOLOGIST!

Suanna Crowley, PhD, RPA of AnthroScience Advisors will lead future archaeologists on a tour of the science of archaeology. Learn how archaeologists uncover the mysteries of ancient sites and peoples by looking at artifacts and the landscape. The Discovery Museums; free with admission.

 

Thursday, October 6, 7 p.m.

MARKING THE EXECUTION SITE ON GALLOWS HILL AND UNDERSTANDING THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS

Emerson Baker, Professor of History at Salem State University and member of the Gallows Hill Project, will discuss the recent confirmation of Proctor’s Ledge as the execution site of the Salem witch trials. The team drew upon historic documents, oral traditions, and modern technology to confirm the location. Baker will also discuss some of the findings of his recent book, A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience. Acton Memorial Library; free.

 

Saturday, October 15, 10 a.m.

ADULT ARCHAEOLOGY WALK

The walk will again be led by site preservation specialist Linda McElroy. Visit four Native American ceremonial sites now prepared for viewing. Join Linda for a discussion of different types of Indian sacred stone structures that may be seen along a portion of the Trail Through Time. Meet at the parking lot at the end of Wheeler Lane, off Rt. 27 in North Acton. In case of rain or poor trail conditions on the 15th, the walk will be held Saturday, October 22, at 10 a.m. Call Acton Memorial Library (978‐929‐6655) for information or weather update. Free.

 

Monday, October 17, 7 p.m.

REPORT FROM THE FRONT: AN OUTPOST IN THE “OLDER THAN CLOVIS” DEBATE

Archaeologist Bruce Rusch will describe his participation in and the findings of excavations at the Gault site in central Texas, a prolificprehistoric site. There is substantial evidence of occupation there prior to Clovis and some 21 post Clovis cultural components of Paleoindian, archaic, and late prehistoric associations have been tentatively identified. Acton Memorial Library; free.

 

Wednesday, October 19, 7 p.m.

THE NATIVE LAND

John Hanson Mitchell, noted local author of Ceremonial Time and other popular books about the region, will discuss his research for a future book that will focus on the different cultural attitudes toward land holding, from pre‐literate groups to the concept of private property and beyond. In particular, he will discuss traditional land use patterns of local Native American tribes and the contrast with those of the early English settlers in the region. Acton Memorial Library; free.

 

Sunday, October 23, 2:30 p.m.

BOOK DISCUSSION: CAPTIVE HISTORIES: ENGLISH, FRENCH, AND NATIVE NARRATIVES OF THE 1704 DEERFIELD RAID

Authors Evan Haefeli and Kevin Sweeney draw from original sources—both captive narratives and Indian oral traditions— that describe the attack on Deerfield, Massachusetts. Alternatively, readers may read Captors and Captives by the same writers which synthesizes the core documents. Kevin Sweeney will attend the discussion and add his insights. Copies of the books will be available at the circulation desk in late September. Acton Memorial Library; free.

 

Monday, October 24, 7 p.m.

GEOSCIENCE PERSPECTIVES ON ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESOURCES: A GLOBAL LOOK AT NEW INSIGHTS

Geoarchaeologist Suanna Crowley will discuss how the geosciences have influenced the field of archaeological research. Beginning with the earliest collaborations between earth scientists and cultural resources, the geosciences have influenced the questions and research trajectories of archaeological projects across the globe. Dr. Crowley’s research experiences in South Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and North America will provide examples of how and why geoarchaeological approaches have proved beneficial to an understanding of our ancient past. Acton Memorial Library; free.

 

Wednesday, October 26, 7 p.m.

FROM PINE HAWK TO TRAIL THROUGH TIME: REVEALING OUR PAST

Former Acton Health Director Doug Halley will describe the discovery of Pine Hawk, the dig, the artifacts found, and its archaeological significance. He will also discuss how the project activated increased interest in historical preservation, which led to the formation of the Friends of Pine Hawk, the creation of the Pine Hawk display, the restoration of the Stone Chamber, and the work on Trail Through Time. Acton Memorial Library; free.

 

Thursday, November 3, 7 p.m.

UNSETTLING NEW ENGLAND: THE STORY OF THE PEQUOT WAR (1636‐38)

Katherine Grandjean (Assistant Professor of History, Wellesley College) returns this year to speak on her recent research on one of English America’s first violent conflicts with Native people. Set against the backdrop of a hungry and distressed New England, the war culminated in a brutal attack on the Pequot people. Dr. Grandjean will discuss what led to this bloodshed and consider the war's legacies and place in popular memory. Acton Historical Society, 300 Main Street; free.

 

Sunday, November 6, 1 p.m.

FRIENDS OF PINE HAWK COMMUNITY SERVICE

This annual effort will again take place on the Trail Through Time, a multicultural heritage trail in the conservation lands of North Acton. The focus will be on improvement of the stone dust trails at the historic Wheeler Farmstead and Mills site and trail and mound maintenance at the Stone Chamber site. To volunteer and for details, please contact Linda McElroy at meadowpond@verizon.net, or 978 263 1579.

 

The Discovery Museums are located at 177 Main St. (Rte. 27), Acton. 978‐264‐4200

Acton Memorial Library is located at 486 Main St. (Rte. 27) next to Town Hall. The parking lot and entrance are accessed from Woodbury Lane. 978‐929‐6655

The Acton Historical Society is located at the historic Hosmer House, 300 Main St. (Rte. 27). 978‐264‐0690

Enjoy these activities presented by the Friends of Pine Hawk, Acton’s local archaeological organization.

 


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