RI Archaeology Month Starts

Arch-tober is Rhode Island Archaeology Month! History fans can look forward to 17 free public events led by professional archaeologists. Walks, talks, hands-on archaeology, open houses, exhibits, and more, are scheduled statewide through October. Coming up this Saturday here in Providence is some hands-on archaeology: Re-excavating the Old State House Parade Ground.

In 1974, archaeologists from Brown University excavated the site of an 18th-century house at the west end of the Parade Ground outside the Old State House.  All the artifacts were stored at the Old State House, now the office of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, but the bulk of the collection was never catalogued. Join State Archaeologist Charlotte Taylor to sort the collections, separate out the significant artifacts, and catalogue as much as possible.

The Old State House was finished in 1762. It was here that Rhode Island renounced allegiance to the British Crown on May 4, 1776, the first of the thirteen colonies to do so.

Events will take place throughout the state in Pawtucket, Glocester, and the URI Campus. Coming up later this month here in Providence:

Saturday, October 14: Archaeology of College Hill Community Archaeology Day. Get your hands dirty in an actual dig in front of the List Art Building(!?) All ages.

Also on that Saturday afternoon, join the  Joukowsky Institute and the AIA Narragansett Society for an archaeology-themed open house on Brown University’s Main Green.

This Saturday, meet in “back” of the Old State House on the North Main Street side, between North Court and South Court Streets. You will be right across from the Roger Williams National Memorial.

Re-excavating the Old State House, free, 1pm to 3pm, Saturday, October 7,  North Main Street side, (directions)

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This allée of Liriodendron was planted only about 15 years ago to replace the dead and dying American elms. They have really filled in and grown up. Consider a specimen for your yard; they provide high shade and yellow fall foliage.

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