Pits, Post, and Palisades: The Archaeology of the 17th-century Plymouth Colony Settlement on Burial Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts.
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Monday, November 11, 2019
6:00 PM-7:30 PM
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Tsotsis Building, Curtis Performance Hall
500 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609-1296
|Sponsored by:||Assumption College HumanArts and The Archeological Institute of America|
|Description:||400th Anniversary of Plymouth
Dr. David Landon, Pits, Post, and Palisades: "The Archaeology of the 17th-century Plymouth Colony Settlement on Burial Hill, Plymouth Massachusetts."
Lecture Summary: Project 400: The Plymouth Colony Archaeological Survey has been engaged in a multi-year effort to discover archaeological remains of the original 17th-century Plymouth Colony settlement. This is a collaborative project of the University of Massachusetts Boston, Plimoth Plantation, and the Town of Plymouth, working to uncover new evidence of the early settlement period in the lead up to the 400th anniversary of the Mayflowers arrival (1620-2020). The last several years of fieldwork have focused on Burial Hill, where evidence of the early settlement dating from ca. 1620-1650 has been preserved at the edge of an extensive and important historic cemetery. The archaeological excavations have uncovered sections of at least two buildings, yard and workspaces outside the buildings, and a contemporaneous Wampanoag occupation area. During the 2019 excavation season the first section of the palisade wall that surrounded the English settlement was also discovered. This presentation showcases the results of these investigations, highlighting the types of artifacts unearthed, the evidence for the earliest building construction methods, the first interpretations of the palisade wall, and the relationship between the English and Wampanoag settlements. The archaeological results shed new light on the structure of the earliest Plymouth settlement and the connections between the Wampanoag and English colonists.
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Created: October 3, 2019 at 8:50 AM
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