MUSEUM COURSE – Archaeology in Deerfield: Digging Deeper into Deerfield’s Histories
The Museum Course is held over three sessions: March 6, 13, and 20 2024, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom.
Sign up for this course to learn about the fascinating archaeological research that has been done in Deerfield and learn from the comfort of your own home. Did you ever want to be an archaeologist? Do you want to know more about local history and archaeology? What kinds of archaeological projects have been conducted in Deerfield? Register for our Museum Course and find out more about historical and precolonial archaeology.
During each session, Claire Carlson, Historic Deerfield’s Director of Archaeology, will interview and hold a conversation with a guest speaker who has a background in archaeological research in Deerfield. Course participants will have ample time to ask the archaeologists questions about the projects. Lectures and discussions will be illustrated with slides.
March 6 — Session One: Gendered Landscapes and Archaeology: Historic Preservation and the Arts and Crafts Movement. We will speak with Dr. Elizabeth Harlow, who wrote her dissertation on this topic using data from artifacts recovered from a dig at the Manse, right on the Deerfield common. Elizabeth was also the Lab Director for the field schools held at the Frary House/Barnard Tavern sites.
March 13 — Session Two: Deerfield over the Centuries. What evidence do we have of the 17th century English settlement in Deerfield? How can we learn about the past through the examination of complicated stratigraphy like the Williams House? We will ask Rita Reinke, who was the Field Director of the excavations at the Nims House and the Williams House along Old Main Street.
March 20 — Session Three: Archaeology in the Pocumtuck Homeland. What archaeological research has been conducted in Pocumtuck/Deerfield? How does the work of archaeology fit within existing heritage narratives and how does it diverge? We will talk with Dr. Siobhan Hart and Dr. Elizabeth Chilton about their work at the Pine Hill and Pocumtuck Fort sites.
About the Instructors
Claire Carlson, is the Interpretive Programs Manager and the Director of Archaeology at Historic Deerfield. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Hamilton College, and a M.A. in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts with specialties in New England Archaeology, Archaeology and K-12 Education, and Place-Based Education.
Elizabeth Harlow is a retired archaeologist with research specializing in New England Historical Archaeology, Women’s History, and Material Culture Analysis. She holds a Ph. D in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Rita Reinke is a retired archaeologist with research specializing in Class Dynamics, Material Culture Analysis, and Cultural Resource Management. She holds an M.A. in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts with a specialization in New England Historical Archaeology.
Siobhan Hart is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. Her research examines Heritage Practice, the Politics of Community Recognition, and Collaborative Research with stakeholders. She holds a Ph. D in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Elizabeth Chilton is Provost and Executive Vice President at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. She holds a Ph. D in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research, publications, and teaching focus on the Pre-Colonial Archaeology of the Northeast United States, Paleoecology, Cultural Resource Management, Heritage Studies, and Materials Science. She holds a Ph. D in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
The cost for the course is $100 ($90 for members) and $50 for students.
Please note: Course registration closes on March 4th and the Zoom link will be sent to all registrants by March 5th.
Institution or Organization name - Historic Deerfield