Happy Friday! I know this is Friday the 13th, but I am not a superstitious person, and I am happy
when the end of the week comes.
When I was a kid I used to think that one day I would be an archaeologist. I was always curious about all things past. My very limited archaeological experience involved digging bottles at old dumps that I would find in the woods. Years ago, the land was much more accessible to a young person who had such an interest. I always had the permission of the property owner. Today many of the places I once dug are gone. I am glad I was able to do the digging I did!
Digging historical sites is best left to the professionals. There are of course a number of sites in Easton, including several Native American sites. These places are protected to prevent people like myself from digging and disrupting the historical record. I know where some of these sites are, but I have a great respect for those sites and the history they contain. Sensitivities are also important to protect the culture and sacred ground of those who came before us.
October is Massachusetts Archaeology Month. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Historical Commission and William Francis Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth, various organizations provide a monthly calendar of events including talks, field experiences, and other archaeology related events.
You might want to check out the Massachusetts Archaeological Society, located at 17 Jackson Street in nearby Middleboro, Ma. They have a number of programs and dig opportunities and also operate the Robbins Museum. Local chapters of the MAS make attending meetings throughout Massachusetts a possibility for all. Below are the links to Massachusetts Archaeology Month and the Massachusetts Archaeological Society.