Saturday, March 25, 2017
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Farmington High School, 10 Monteith Drive, Farmington, CT
On Saturday, March 25 at 2 pm, the public is invited to attend " An Archaeologist’s View of Life in Seventeenth-Century Maine," a presentation Dr. Emerson “Tad” Baker from Salem State University. The Friends of the Office of State Archaeology (FOSA), the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center at UConn, and Archaeological Society of Connecticut (ASC) sponsor the presentation. The talk will take place at Farmington High School, 10 Monteith Drive, Farmington, CT. Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for students with ID. The annual meeting of the Friends of the Office of State Archaeology (FOSA) begins at 1 pm and is open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the snow date will be Sunday, March 26.
Drawing upon his excavations at many seventeenth-century archaeology sites, Baker will explore the material world of the early settlers of New England. It is a story about encounters between people from different cultures, living in uncertain times, as well as the power of the place they lived, with its rich natural resources such as furs, fish, and lumber. Excavations have revealed the remains of their homes – from modest homes, to substantial longhouses and fortified complexes. Baker will focus in part on the Chadbourne Site (ca. 1643-1690) in South Berwick, Maine, where thirteen seasons of excavations revealed over 40,000 artifacts, including saw mill hardware, a range of tools, and many luxury items imported by the Chadbournes, the wealthy merchants who owned the property.
Emerson "Tad" Baker is a professor of History and former dean of the Graduate School at Salem State University. He is the award-winning author of many works on the history and archaeology of early New England, including The Devil of Great Island: Witchcraft and Conflict in Early New England, and most recently A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience. He has been an advisor for PBS-TV’s The American Experience, and an on-camera expert for the PBS series Colonial House. He is a member of the Gallows Hill Team who recently confirmed the execution site of the Salem witch trials, work that Archaeology magazine just named as one of its top ten discoveries of 2016.
Contact: Museum of Natural History - 860.486.4460
Museum of Natural History - 860.486.4460
Connecticut State Museum of Natural History (primary), Anthropology Department, Office of Public Engagement, UConn Master Calendar
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