Other Regional Events

October is Massachusetts Archaeology Month &
October 19th is International Archaeology Day

Two Archaeology Events will take place on October 13th:

Findings from the Archaeology Field School, October 13, 2019

Two volunteers dig in the garden at the Emily Dickinson Museum4:30PM-5:45PM at the Emily Dickinson Museum Homestead

On October 13, view Emily Dickinson’s world through the eyes of an archaeologist. Join us for a presentation at the Emily Dickinson Museum by the faculty and students of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Archaeological Field School as they share their findings from their work at the Emily Dickinson Museum. Students will highlight pivotal discoveries that shed new light on the archaeological underpinnings of the Dickinson home. Find out firsthand how archaeology informs the Museum’s preservation and restoration projects!

This program is free and open to the public, and is offered as part of Massachusetts Archaeology Month.

For more information, please email EDMprograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org.


In Partnership with Forbes Library

“Native American Life during the Early Archaic Period:

A View from Northampton”

A Public Talk by David Leslie, Senior Archaeologist

Sunday, October 13, 2019 | 4:30 pm

Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA

Photograph of David Leslie, Senior Archaeologist
Last fall, in accordance with state and federal regulations, the MA Department of Transportation hired Dave Leslie, a lead archaeologist with Archeological and Historical Services, Inc., to conduct a preliminary assessment of an area in Northampton where a new roadway construction project is planned. His investigation included digging a series of small test pits, some of which uncovered Native American artifacts dating to the Early Archaic Period. This September Leslie returned to the site to conduct a more thorough excavation.
In conjunction with Massachusetts Archaeology Month, Leslie will present his findings and explain what this site reveals about Native Americans during this time period.
Sponsored by Mass Humanities.
Pre-registration required. Limited to 50.
$5 Members and donors of Historic Northampton.
$5 Friends of Forbes Library and students with a valid ID.
$10 all others.

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September 13, 2016

 Migration is in the news on both sides of the Atlantic in the USA and in Europe. Yet, migration was a feature of the past and was the human dynamic that developed the cities of the Roman Empire. This lecture will explore the implications of this phenomenon for our understanding of Roman history.

September 14, 2016

There are traces of hundreds, if not thousands, of Roman cities. How we approach this evidence varies from teams of scholars embedded for years to desk-based approaches. There is a continuum between these points, but how we approach the Roman city can dictate what we study and how we study urbanism. In other words, our starting point or position is as important as the methodology in creating an answer.

April 4, 2016


Prof. Bonna Wescoat
Emory University

From the Vantage of the Victory: New Research on the Winged Victory of Samothrace

Integrated Learning Center 331, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 5:00PM

Sponsored by the UMass Department of Classics

April 12, 2016

Prof. Frances Paden
Northwestern University

Prof. Paden will lecture on her travels in Crete with the distinguished Smith graduate Harriet Boyd Hawes, the excavator at Gournia, Crete, in the early 20th century.

Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge St., Northampton, 2:00PM

April 21, 2016

Prof. Joseph Carter
University of Texas at Austin

“The Discovery of the Sanctuary and Mystery Cult at Pantanello (Metaponto, Southern Italy)

Beneski 107 (Piano Lecture Hall), Amherst College, 5:00PM

Sponsored by the Amherst College Department of Classics