Archaeology West of Boston: Finding Evidence of Native American Culture

October 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Native Americans have lived in southern New England for 10,000 years or more.  This lecture will discuss how archaeologists learn about ancient peoples from several lines of evidence, including stone tools, ceramics, and the remains of animals and plants found during excavations, and how dates are obtained from these materials. The lecture will describe several archaeological projects carried out in Metrowest communities.  Artifacts excavated in Wayland will be available for viewing.

Tonya Largy is an archaeological consultant specializing in the analysis of plant and animal remains from archaeological sites.  She is also associated with the Zooarchaeology Laboratory of the Peabody Museum, Harvard University.  She has been active in local archaeology since the late 1970’s and has been involved in numerous excavations in the Sudbury/Assabet/Concord River basin, the broader northeast, and as far away as Pakistan.  Ms. Largy is a member of the Wayland Historical Commission and Coordinator of the Wayland Archaeology Group.  She is also a Past President of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society.


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