Tuesday, November 12, 2019

New Archaeological Finds at Plymouth, Massachusetts

Dr. David B. Landon of the Fiske Center for Archaeological Research at the University of Massachusetts Boston leads the Archaeological Field School in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  For eight summers this project has excavated around downtown Plymouth and Burial Hill for evidence of the early Plymouth settlement.  They have uncovered structural remains dating from the early 17th century that appear to be part of the early Plymouth Colony.

At a presentation to the Chairman's Society of Plimoth Plantation last month we heard more about this exciting excavation, and saw evidence of both Wampanoag and English settlement, as well as the first evidence of post holes for a palisade wall around the edge of Burial Hill.  This was very interesting, as well as captivating to the whole audience.  He also described artifacts of interest including pottery from Europe, as well as Wampanoag pottery.

These digs have shown that the Pilgrim settlement along Leyden Street, Market Square, and Burial Hill are exactly where historians have described them as being located.  They also show the inter-dependence between the native Wampanoag and English settlers.

A guided tour by Dr. David Landon was held on Saturday, October 5th of Burial Hill and the archaeological dig areas. There was an event at Plimoth Plantation on October 17, part of the Lunch & Learn series, where the latest results of the seventh year of archaeological research were presented to the public.  On Wednesday October 30th Dr. Landon also spoke at Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth on "The Plymouth Colony House on Burial Hill: New Evidence from the 2019 Excavations".  He also spoke at the Plymouth Public Library on Tuesday, November 10th, and at Assumption College in Worcester on November 12th.

Keep your eyes peeled for more talks and presentations on these exciting discoveries!

For the truly curious:

UMass Boston Archaeologists Unearth Evidence of Pilgrim Settlement, November 4, 2019, Plymouth Wicked Local  https://plymouth.wickedlocal.com/news/20191104/umass-boston-archaeologists-unearth-evidence-of-pilgrim-settlement 

Dr. Landon at YouTube with a video "Plymouth Colony Archaeology Survey - 2019 Update"   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z91ng2jTLs0 


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "New Archaeological Finds at Plymouth, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted November 12, 2019, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2019/11/new-archaeological-finds-at-plymouth.html: accessed [access date]).

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