Massachusetts Archaeology Month: Digging at the Dickinson

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 10AM

View Emily Dickinson’s world through the eyes of an archaeologist during this presentation and walking tour at the Museum. Faculty and members of the University of Massachusetts Amherst archaeological field school will present findings from their work on the grounds of the Emily Dickinson Museum in the summer of 2017. Their work sheds new light on the location of a former Dickinson family barn and well, and on the recently reconstructed Dickinson conservatory site. In 2017, archaeobotany was a feature of the field school for the first time. This special branch of archaeology studies plant remains in the soil and will help to illuminate Dickinson's 19th century environment. See firsthand how archaeology informs the Museum’s preservation and restoration projects! 

Free and open to the public. No registration required.

About the archaeologists:

Dr. Chantel White, archeobotany specialist, is a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania in the department of Anthropology and the Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM) at the Penn Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology. 

Dr. Eric Johnson is Director of Archaeological Services at UMASS Amherst and a lecturer in the Anthropology department. 

 Dr. Kerry Lynch is a project archaeologist with the UMASS Archaeological Services, specialising in underwater archaeology. 

Julie Woods, M.A. is laboratory supervisor with UMASS Archaeological Services.

About Massachusetts Archaeology Month:

Begun in 1992 as Archaeology Week, Massachusetts Archaeology Month is a month-long celebration of archaeology in Massachusetts and around the world. Museums, libraries, archaeologists, and many more people and institutions join in hosting exhibits, lectures, walks, and events for adults, children, and teachers.