September is Vermont Archaeology Month!

Members of the UVM Anthropology Department and the affiliated Consulting Archaeology Program  are participating in Vermont Archaeology with events on and off campus throughout the month of September.  The events attract students, faculty, staff and community members interested in archaeology and Vermont history.  See below for a list of events!

Archaeology Month Events

Friday, September 14 – 12:00 noon – Chittenden Bank Room, 4th floor, Davis Center. “Recent Advances in Southeastern U.S. Archaeology” – lecture by Professor David G. Anderson, Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee. In this talk Professor Anderson will explore developments in prehistoric and European Contact era archaeology in the Southeastern U.S., emphasizing major excavations, analyses, and arguments. The focus is on work undertaken in the past 20 years or so, during which our knowledge and thinking has undergone a series of profound transformations, revolutionizing our understanding of the region’s past.

David G. Anderson has conducted archaeological field work in the southeastern, southwestern, and mid-western United States, and in the Caribbean, work documented in some 400 publications and meeting papers, including some 50 technical monographs and 7 books. He is the founding director of PIDBA (Paleoindian Database of the Americas) available online.

Wednesday, September 12 – 7:00 p.m. – Pavilion Auditorium, Montpelier – “Climate Change and Human Culture: Lessons from the Past for the Future” – Listen to archaeologist David Anderson talk about the effects of climate change on people and societies, past and present, followed by discussion.

Thursday, September 13 – 3:30-6:30 p.m. – The Vermont History Center, Barre – “Vermont Archaeology Heritage Center Grand Opening & Open House” – Celebrate the grand opening of the Vermont Archaeology Heritage Center and its new partnership with the Vermont Historical Society.

Thursday, September 13 – 7:00 p.m. – Chimney Point State Historic Site, Addison – “What Lies Beneath: 9,000 Years of History at Chimney Point” – Learn about the extraordinary discoveries found beneath the new Lake Champlain Bridge with UVM archaeologist Kate Kenny.

Saturday, September 15 – 10:00-11:30 a.m. – United Methodist Church, Springfield – “Walk the Mills of Springfield” – Tour the sites of Springfield’s earliest industrial mills.

Saturday, September 15 – 10:30 a.m. – Cavendish Historical Society, Cavendish – “Hike Through History with the Crown Point Road Association” – Follow the route of the original 1759 Crown Point military road in Cavendish.

Saturday, September 15 – 1:00 p.m. – Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier – “Prehistoric Pottery Making” – Make Native American-style clay pots in this hands-on workshop with archaeologist Charlie Paquin.

Sunday, September 16 – 1:00-5:00 p.m. – President Coolidge State Historic Site, Plymouth – “Reading the Forested Landscape” – Join ecologist and author Tom Wessels for a guided tour and slide show of landscape features at Coolidge State Historic Site.

Sunday, September 16 – 1:00 p.m. – Millstone Hill Touring Center, Barre – “Millstone Hill, Barre’s Historic Quarry Lands: Central VT’s Man-made Natural Wonder” – Join Pierre Coutoure for a guided tour and talk through the recently developed Millstone Hill trails network.

Sunday, September 16 – 2:00-5:00 p.m. – Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site, Hubbardton – “Hubbardton Military Road Hike” – Take a guided hike along the 1776-77 military road leading from Mount Independence to the Hubbardton Battlefield.

Sunday, September 16 – 4:00 p.m. – Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington – “9,000 Years Under the Bridge: Recent Archaeology at Chimney Point” – Learn about the extraordinary archaeological discoveries found beneath the new Lake Champlain Bridge with UVM archaeologist John Crock.

Wednesday, September 19 – 12:00 noon – Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro – “Jamaica State Park: A Look into the Past” – Join UVM archaeologist Geoffrey Mandel to learn about recent archaeological finds from Jamaica State Park.

Friday, September 21 – Sunday, September 23 – Chimney Point State Historic Site, Addison – “17th Annual Northeastern Open Atlatl Championship Weekend” – Come compete in or watch the championship and participate in atlatl making and throwing, flint-knapping, and pottery-making workshops. (check website for times)

Saturday, September 22 – Little River State Park, Waterbury – “A CCC Camp in Vermont” – Tour the Charles M. Smith Civilian Conservation Corps Camp at the Waterbury Dam, followed by a pot-luck dinner and talk. Tours at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.; pot-luck at 5:30 p.m.; lecture at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 23 – 2:00 p.m. – Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh – “How Does a Farm Become a Forest?” – Explore acres of Rokeby’s old fields and pastures and see how natural and cultural history meet.

Wednesday, September 26 – 6:00 p.m. – University of Vermont, Burlington – “Looking Back: The Vermont Interstate System” – Learn how the highway system created lasting impacts on Vermont’s cultural landscape and Vermonter’s everyday lives.

Thursday, September 27 – 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Windham Antique Center, Bellow Falls – “9,000 Years of Prehistory of the Falls: What can our Modern Community Learn from Archaeology” – Explore the 9,000-year prehistory of the Bellows Falls area with archaeologist Gail Golec.

Friday, September 28 – 7:00-9:00 p.m. – Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, Swanton – “Unwritten Stories of the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge: The Archaeology of the VTrans Route 78 Improvement Project” – Learn about the past 5,000 years of human occupation on the Missisquoi River from archaeologist Ellen Cowie.

Saturday, September 29 – 11:30 a.m. – ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington – “Native American Pottery Workshop” – Make Native American-style clay pots in this hands-on workshop with archaeologist Charlie Paquin.

Saturday, September 29 – 2:00 p.m. – ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington – “Prehistoric Roadshow and Flint-Knapping” – What did you find? Archaeologist Charlie Paquin analyzes your Native American artifacts and demonstrates the ancient art of flint-knapping.

Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30 – Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes – “Archaeology Weekend” – Meet archaeologists and share hands-on presentations about shipwrecks, nautical archaeology, and the story of the Vergennes shipyard. (check website for details)

Sunday, September 30 – 1:00 p.m. – Crown Point State Historic Site, Crown Point, NY – “The Shortest Distance Between Two Points Guided Walk” – Walk the new Lake Champlain Bridge and learn about the area’s rich history with the Chimney Point and Crown Point Historic Sites managers.

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