Vermont Archaeology Month Events Calendar

Discover History and Archaeology throughout September 

Events Listed by Date
For locations, see individual links to Google Maps

To get you quicker to the Event details, we are deleting the many events that have already occurred! For entire September Calendar please read this pdf

 

September - All Month       Family Activity   

Archaeological Discoveries on the Missisquoi Delta: Linking the Past to the Present
Open House – Presentations, tours, and volunteer dig opportunities at this extraordinary site that reveals at least 7,000 years of Native history along the Missisquoi River. 
Location: Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, Route 78, Swanton  (Franklin County)
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Cost: Free
For More Information: Email: nearc@nearchaeology.com     Telephone: 207-860-4032
Website: http://nearchaeology.com/

September - All Month        Family Activity 

Barre History Quest
Learn about the local history and Native pre-Contact history of Barre and Barre Town through a family-friendly, outdoor-letterboxing, and geocaching experience. Follow landscape clues or use GPS coordinates to discover hidden caches containing narratives, photographs and other materials based upon archaeological reports, archival research, local and oral histories. Collect unique stamps based upon the caches' subject material.
Location: Throughout Barre and Barre Town
Cost: Free
For more information: Email: jacob.clay@goddard.edu       Telephone: (802) 272-0806
Website: http://barrequest.com/
 

September 14

Reading the Forested Landscape, Talk and Walkabout with Ecologist Tom Wessels
Ecologist Tom Wessels offers an illustrated talk and walk around Mount Independence, introducing attendees to approaches to interpret a forest's history while wandering through it. By looking at such evidence as tree shapes, scars on tree trunks, patterns of decay in tree stumps, construction of stonewalls, and the lay of the land, it is possible to unravel complex stories etched into our forested landscape.  Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water.
Location: Mount Independence State Historic Site, Orwell  (Addison County)
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Cost: $5.00
For More Information: 802-948-2000
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September 14

Lost and Re-found: Remembering the Long-Forgotten Patients at the Cemetery of the Vermont State Asylum for the Insane
Presentation followed by walking tour of site.  Rain Date: site tour may be rescheduled at the time of the presentation. With Tracy Martin, Office of the State Curator, and Anne Donahue, Editor of Counterpoint, Vermont Psychiatric Survivors.
Between 1892 and 1912, some 21 to 27 patients who died unclaimed at the Vermont State Asylum for the Insane [later renamed the Vermont State Hospital] were buried on a knoll overlooking the hospital grounds. Presentation on the cemetery's history and the stories of the forgotten patients buried there, followed by optional tour of the site. Requires a short but steep hike into what is now a part of the C.C. Putnam State Forest.
Location:  St. Leo Parish Hall, 109 South Main Street, Waterbury (Parish Hall is behind St. Andrew’s Church).Walking tour at C.C. Putman State Forest.
Time: 10:00 AM (site tour follows at 11:00 AM)
Cost: Free
For More information: Email: accd.archaeologycenter@state.vt.us   Telephone: 802-828-3050
Website: http://historicsites.vermont.gov/vt_history/archeology  
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September 14         Family Activity     

Looking at Forested Lands Through the Eyes of Archaeology and Forestry: Walking Tour of the Taylor Valley Tree Farm
Join 2013 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year John Hemenway, archaeologists, and foresters on one of three themed walking tours of the Taylor Valley Tree Farm.
Location: Taylor Valley Road, Strafford, approximately 20 minutes from Sharon Village.
Time: 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM (includes lunch and award presentation)
Cost: $20 per person, $10 for children 14 and younger. Pre-registration required by September 9.
Websitehttp://www.vermontwoodlands.org/documents/Registration.pdf

September 14

Behind-the-Scenes Conservation Lab Tours at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum: Conserving organic materials, including wood, leather and textiles
Go behind the scenes at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Conservation Lab to learn the process of archeological conservation. Each Saturday in September, lab staff offers hands-on opportunities focused on a specific conservation technique. 
Location: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, 4472 Basin Harbor Rd Vergennes, VT 05491
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Cost: Museum admission fee. Members Free
For more information: 802-475-2022 x110
Website:  http://www.lcmm.org/

September 14         Family Activity     

Crown Point Road Walk: Cavendish to Weathersfield
Guided hike along the 18th century Crown Point Road, from Paine’s Tavern, Cavendish, to the original 1759 10- & 11-mile markers in Weathersfield, then to Grout Cemetery. 4 miles. 
Location: Meet at Downers Store, corner of Routes 106 and 131, Weathersfield (address = 4276 Vermont 106, Weathersfield,  Vermont 05151)
Bring lunch and water. 
Time: 10:00 AM
Cost: Free
For more information: 802-885-4686 or rwctucker@comcast.net; or 802-492-3572 or Griff2VT@vermontel.net 
Websitewww.crownpointroad.org

September 15    Family Activity     

Hike Pittsford Ridge, the American Evacuation Route of July 7, 1777
Explore part of the evacuation route up to Pittsford Ridge taken by the Americans after the Battle of Hubbardton on July 7, 1777. Hike led by Carl Fuller, site interpreter at the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site.  Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, and bring water.  Meet at the Battlefield visitor center at 2:00 p.m. The hike, ending about 5:00 p.m., reveals the great distances soldiers covered in a very short period of time during and after the July 7, 1777, battle.   

Location: Hubbardton Battlefield, Hubbardton    (Rutland County)
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Cost: $2.00 adults, free for children under 15
For More Information: 802-273-2282
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September 15

A Logistical Nightmare: The Outfitting of the Revolutionary Era Armies in the Champlain Valley
Archaeologist and educator Scott A. McLaughlin shows how archaeological and historical research at Mount Independence, Fort Ticonderoga, and Crown Point revealed the history of the supplies and supply lines so critical to the success  - - and failure! - -  of the rebel and British military forces in 1776 and 1777. Sponsored by the Ethan Allen Homestead.
Location: Ethan Allen Homestead, 1 Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington (Chittenden County)
Time: 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
For More Information: Email: info@ethanallenhomestead.org   or (802) 865 4556
Website:http://www.ethanallenhomestead.org/

September 17          Family Activity     

So You Always Wanted to be an Archaeologist But Life Got In The Way. Stories from the Trenches. With archaeologist Jacob Clay
Brown bag lunch & informal conversation, then Open House. Explore some of the Center's archaeology collections through hands-on activities. Hosted by State Archaeologist Giovanna Peebles. 
Location: Vermont Archaeology Heritage Center at the Vermont History Center
60 Washington Street, Barre
Time: 12:00 Noon – 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
For more information:  802-828-3050 or ACCD.ArcheologyCenter@state.vt.us
Websitehttp://accd.vermont.gov/strong_communities/preservation/education/archaeology/heritage

September 19 

Walking Through Time:  Hidden History Along the Long Trail With Archaeologist David Lacy
Illustrated talk by Green Mountain National Forest archaeologist David Lacy. 
Location:    Dorset Historical Society, Rte 30,  Dorset (just off Dorset Green)
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Cost: Free
For more informationsbkaiser@sover.net or dlacy@fs.fed.us  802-747-6719
Website: http://www.dorsetvthistory.org/index.php

September 19         Family Activity     

So You Always Wanted to be an Archaeologist But Life Got In The Way. Stories from the Trenches. With archaeologist David Skinas
Brown bag lunch & informal conversation, then Open House. Explore some of the Center's archaeology collections through hands-on activities. Hosted by State Archaeologist Giovanna Peebles
Location: Vermont Archaeology Heritage Center at the Vermont History Center 
60 Washington Street, Barre 
Time: 12:00 Noon – 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
For more information:  802-828-3050 or ACCD.ArcheologyCenter@state.vt.us
Website:  
http://accd.vermont.gov/strong_communities/preservation/education/archaeology/heritage

September 20 - 22      Family Activity     

Archaeological Discoveries on the Missisquoi Delta: Linking the Past to the Present
Open House – Presentations, tours, and volunteer dig opportunities at this extraordinary site that reveals at least 7,000 years of Native history along the Missisquoi River. 
Location: Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, Route 78, Swanton (Franklin County)
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Cost: Free
For More Information: Email: nearc@nearchaeology.com      Telephone: 207-860-4032
Website:  http://nearchaeology.com/

September 20        Family Activity  

Atlatl Workshop. Learn Traditional and Modern Techniques of Atlatl and Dart Construction, Flint knapping, Hafting Stone Points, and Cordage Making
With Atlatl experts Bob and Cheryll Berg of Thunderbird Atlatl. Enjoy atlatl lore and coaching on the use of your new atlatl.  

Learn how people hunted before the “invention” of the bow and arrow. For thousands of years many cultures around the world, including ancient Vermont, used this spear-thrower, called an atlatl. Champion atlatlist Robert Berg of Thunderbird Atlatl will show you how to make your own atlatl, make and fletch three field darts, and coach you on using your new equipment.  He also will demonstrate modern construction techniques, flint-knapping, hafting stone points, and cordage making from natural materials.  Berg is a delightful and insightful teacher and story-teller, and has taught primitive skills and the atlatl for 18 years.  This is his 18th year teaching this workshop in Vermont. Some of the best atlatlists in the country got their start at the Chimney Point workshop!  Berg was featured in Vermont Public Television’s program, Outdoor Journal, in March 2008. 

Pre-registration is required.  Call 802-759-2412.  
Location:  Chimney Point State Historic Site,  Route 125, Addison  (Addison County)
Time: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Cost: $65, includes instructions and materials.   Pre-registration required. 
For More Information: 802-759-2412
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September 21      Family Activity    

18th Annual Northeastern Open Atlatl Championship, Demonstrations and Workshops on Flint knapping, Woodland Pottery, and other Crafts and Skills 
Participate in or watch this annual championship.   The sport of atlatl throwing is based on the ancient hunting technique of using the atlatl, or spear thrower, to improve the thrust and accuracy of a hunting spear. Used across the world for about 20,000 years, atlatls were a key part of Vermont's Native people's hunting tool kit throughout pre-Contact history.

9:30: Museum opens.  10:00-4:00: demonstrations of Woodland pottery making with Charlie Paquin, flint knapping with Barry Keagan, and atlatl, cordage making and more with Thunderbird Atlatl. 

10:30 until: finished atlatl competition.  $6.00 on site fee for competitors (pre-registration at $5.00 each is urged).  Girls, boys, women, and men’s categories.  All skills and abilities welcome.  International Standards Accuracy Competition first, then shooting at painted animal targets to test accuracy, and lastly distance.    

Location:

  Chimney Point State Historic Site, Route 125, Addison  (Addison County)
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost: $4.00 admission fee  
For More Information: 802-759-2412
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September 21 

Behind-the-Scenes Conservation Lab Tours at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum: Conserving ceramics and glass
Go behind the scenes at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Conservation Lab to learn the process of archeological conservation. Each Saturday in September, lab staff offers hands-on opportunities focused on a specific conservation technique.
Location: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, 4472 Basin Harbor Rd Vergennes, VT 05491
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Cost: Museum admission fee. Members Free
For more information: 802-475-2022 x110 
Websitehttp://www.lcmm.org/

September 22     Family Activity   

Atlatl Championship. Second morning of Atlatl International Standard Accuracy Competition 
Master class/coaching for boys and girls and experimental archaeology workshop.

10:00: small International Standards Accuracy Competition, followed by master coaching for those who want to learn or improve (approx. 11:00-Noon).  11:00-3:00:  Intermediate workshop on primitive skills, including pottery and flint knapping, with Charlie Paquin, Barry Keagan, and Robert Berg.  Workshop pre-registration appreciated.  Observers welcome. 1:00:  Walkabout tour of the Chimney Point site to learn about the archaeological findings for the Lake Champlain Bridge project.  Wear sturdy shoes.  All included in admission fee

Location:  Chimney Point State Historic Site, Route 125, Addison  (Addison County)
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Cost: $3.00 admission fee  
For More Information: 802-759-2412
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September 24 

The French Colonial Archaeology of the Lake Champlain-Richelieu Valley with Archaeologist Andrew Beaupré
Andrew Beaupre presents his research on the 17th and 18th century cultural landscape of the Lake Champlain/Richelieu River corridor.  This region served as a borderland where multiple nations and ethnicities engaged in contact and conflict. These exchanges created a hyper-nationalistic zone of cultural interaction the effects of which can be felt today. Come and explore historic border interactions, and the role archaeology plays in heritage creation in the Champlain Valley.
Location:  Bixby Memorial Library, 258 Main St  Vergennes, VT 05491
Time:  7:00 PM
Cost: Free
For more information: 802-877-2211
Web sitehttp://bixbylibrary.org/WPBixby/

September 24         Family Activity    

So You Always Wanted to be an Archaeologist But Life Got In The Way. Stories from the Trenches. With archaeologist Jess Robinson
Brown bag lunch & informal conversation, then Open House. Explore some of the Center's archaeology collections through hands-on activities. Hosted by State Archaeologist Giovanna Peebles.
Location: Vermont Archaeology Heritage Center at the Vermont History Center
60 Washington Street, Barre
Time: 12:00 Noon – 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
For more information:  802-828-3050 or  ACCD.ArcheologyCenter@state.vt.us
Websitehttp://accd.vermont.gov/strong_communities/preservation/education/archaeology/heritage

September 26

James B. Petersen First Annual Archaeology Lecture. Exploring the 14th - 16th Centuries of Native Settlement in the Champlain Valley
Archaeologist John Crock, Director of the University of Vermont Consulting Archaeology Program, talks about recent ground-breaking discoveries from the Lake Champlain valley of Vermont. Lecture and discussion. This is the first lecture of an annual series to honor beloved Vermont archaeologist Jim Petersen
Location: Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, University of Vermont, Burlington  (Chittenden County)
Time: 7:00 PM
Cost: Free
For More Information: Email: accd.archaeologycenter@state.vt.us         Telephone: 802-828-3050
Website:  http://historicsites.vermont.gov/vt_history/archeology 
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September 26         Family Activity    

So You Always Wanted to be an Archaeologist But Life Got In The Way. Stories from the Trenches. With archaeologist Jeannine Russell
Brown bag lunch & informal conversation, then Open House. Explore some of the Center's archaeology collections through hands-on activities. .
Location: Vermont Archaeology Heritage Center at the Vermont History Center
60 Washington Street, Barre
Time: 12:00 Noon – 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
For more information:  802-828-3050 or  ACCD.ArcheologyCenter@state.vt.us
Website:  http://accd.vermont.gov/strong_communities/preservation/education/archaeology/heritage

September 28 

Losing America. Lt. General John Burgoyne Tells His Story. With Highly Acclaimed Burgoyne Interpreter and English-Actor Playwright Howard Burnham.
English actor-playwright Howard Burnham offers an encounter with "Gentleman Johnny" Burgoyne, who gives us a rueful account of his 1777 Northern Campaign experiences. 
Location: Mount Independence State Historic Site, Orwell  (Addison County)
Time: 2:00 PM
Cost: $5.00 
For More Information:  802-948-2000
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September 28    Family Activity    

Help Uncover Unwritten Stories at the Bingo Schoolhouse. Archaeological Dig at the Bingo Schoolhouse Site 
By the 1850s, Rochester, Vermont,, had 16 school districts to serve the town's many neighborhoods.  Bingo was one of the neighborhoods, with its own Bingo school. Join the Rochester Historical Society and Green Mountain National Forest archaeologists in excavating for clues about this site's past.
Location:  Route 100  next to 2nd bridge on Bingo Road, Rochester  (Windsor County) 
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Cost: Free  
For More information: Email: dlacy@fs.fed.us  or  bflewelling3263@comcast.net         
Telephone: 802-747-6719
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September 28

Pre-Historic Pottery Workshop with Archaeologist Charlie Paquin 
Hands-on workshop. Learn various techniques of construction and design used by Vermont’s Native people for 3,000 years to make pottery vessels.
Ages 7 to 10 with adult. Limited to 14 children. Pre-registration required
Location: Kellogg Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, Montpelier
Time: 1:00 PM
Cost: Free
For more information: 802-223-4665 or linda.pruitt@kellogghubbard.org
Website: http://kellogghubbard.org
 

September 28 

Behind-the-Scenes Conservation Lab Tours at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum: Archaeological documentation, drafting, and photography
Go behind the scenes at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Conservation Lab to learn the process of archeological conservation. Each Saturday in September, lab staff offers hands-on opportunities focused on a specific conservation technique. 
Location: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, 4472 Basin Harbor Rd Vergennes, VT 05491
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Cost: Museum admission fee. Members Free
For more information: 802-475-2022 x110
Websitehttp://www.lcmm.org/

September 28      Family Activity    

Self-Guided History Tour: Waterford's Barns and Mills
When “Upper Waterford” was about to disappear beneath a Connecticut River electric power reservoir, thrifty residents simply moved houses and even a barn! The 40+ barns in town (including the one that was moved) still show the changes in rural life and farming. Less obvious are the old mill foundations scattered among the farms. Pick up a self-guided driving-tour map at the Davies Memorial Library and visit a dozen significant barns and half a dozen mill archaeological sites. Docents will be at some sites; printed site histories are available for research and purchase. 
Location:    Davies Memorial Library, 532 Maple Street, Lower Waterford (across from the Rabbit Hill Inn). Use I-93 exit (just across the NH line) for Lower Waterford, watch for signs.
Time:  8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Cost: Free
For more information: 802-751-8374, BethPoet@gmail.com
Website: http://waterford-vt-history.blogspot.com

September 28       Family Activity    

Fall Frolic in the Stranahan Memorial Town Forest: Cellar Holes, Sheep Dips, and Microbursts
Spend a fall morning with the Vermont Land Trust on this 620-acre conserved gem in Marshfield! Choose one of two mellow 3-mile walks. The Human and the Wild tour, led by ecologist Allaire Diamond and archaeologist Gail Golec. Sleuth for clues to the forest’s early human settlements. Discover wolf pines, weird apples and explore the natural history of this ecologically diverse landscape. OR, Forest Forensics and Stewardship Strategies, led by Charlie Cogbill, forest ecologist, and Jonathan Decker, VLT stewardship manager, Decipher signs of forest disturbance, poke at stumps, ponder recent storm damage, count tree rings, and discuss how understanding forest dynamics can help us steward the land. 
Location: Stranahan Memorial Town Forest, 2193 Hollister Hill Rd, Marshfield, VT ‎
Time: 9:00 AM – Noon
COST: Free or $15 gets you lunch!
LUNCH: After the walk, enjoy the view while feasting on a lunch made with all-natural ingredients. Vegetarian and omnivorous op¬tions available. Bring a blanket and a lawn chair!
For More Information and to Register: Email: jane@vlt.org by Sept. 24  or (802) 262-1204
Websitehttp://www.vlt.org/news-publications/events 

September 29

The Shortest Distance Between Two Points - A Guided Walk Across a New Landmark, the Champlain Bridge
Learn about the history of what you’re seeing while walking across the new Lake Champlain Bridge with State historic site managers Thomas Hughes, from Crown Point (NY) State Historic Site, and Elsa Gilbertson, from Chimney Point State Historic Site (VT).  Meet at the Crown Point, New York, Museum.  Binoculars welcome.  Rain or shine, dress for the weather.  
Location:  Chimney Point State Historic Site, Route 125, Addison  (Addison County)
Time: 1:00 PM
Cost: $6.00
For More Information: 802-759-2412
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