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November 1st, 2014

September is Vermont Archaeology Month: Learn, Explore & Dig Into 13,000 Years of History

Vermont Archaeology Month is a time to discover and explore Vermont’s 13,000 years of history; it’s more than just digging! Novices and history buffs alike can learn about Vermont’s past, its Native communities and their traditions, and how the environment shaped and directed past people’s lives at more than 40 interactive and educational events. Organized walks and talks, hands-on explorations, presentations and panels are available nearly every day.

Highlights include:

• Great Recent Discoveries in Vermont Archaeology – September 4 and September 30: Archaeologists discuss some of the most important archaeological sites discovered in Vermont over the past year at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum (September 4) and the Woodstock Billings Farm and Museum (September 30th).

• Drones and Bones: Digital Approaches to Archaeology in Northern Peru- September 18: University of Vermont archaeologist Dr. Parker VanValkenburgh will share stories of how he has used digital technologies to solve archaeological problems in Peru at the Second Annual James B. Petersen lecture at the Fleming Museum of Art in Burlington.

• 19th Annual Northeastern Open Atlatl Championship, Demonstrations and Workshops -September 19-20: Enjoy making an atlatl, using one, or watching the experts in competition. What’s an atlatl? Find out at the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison.

• War of 1812 in the Champlain Valley: On the Land, On the Water and Under the Water Conference – September 26: An exciting, day-long conference on the War of 1812 in the Champlain Valley at Burlington City Hall. Historians and archaeologists share their knowledge and discoveries from the land, the water, and underneath the waves of Lake Champlain.

Vermont Archaeology Month is presented by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. Most programs are free thanks to generous support of the Vermont Agency of Transportation, The National Life Group, VSECU, and Mimi Baird.

Visit heritage.vermont.gov for event details and follow Vermont Archaeology Month on Facebook, Twitter at _@vtarchaeology, and Instagram at #vermontarchaeology.

 

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