Monday, May 11, 2009

AHAP2009 Volunteer & Open House Schedule


Elihu Akin House, 762 Dartmouth Street, South Dartmouth, MA

Welcome to the 2009 field season of the Akin House Archaeology Project!

The Akin House Archaeology Project is an archaeological excavation running from Monday June 1 through Wednesday July 1 at the historic Elihu Akin House. The house was built ca. 1762 and occupied from the 18th- through 20th-centuries. The property is now owned by the Town of Dartmouth and managed by the Dartmouth Heritage Preservation Trust. In 2007 and 2008, we explored archaeological deposits in yards near the house. This summer, we are:
• working on artifacts discovered in 2007 & 2008
• mapping the side yard, area of the 19th-century barn
• excavating the side yard, area of the 19th-century barn

VOLUNTEER TIMES June 7th-July 1st:

Sunday: 9AM-12PM & 1PM-4PM
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 9AM-12PM

Visitors and volunteers are welcome!
Training in basic excavation methods and artifact identification will be provided to volunteers, and there will be opportunities for on-site artifact processing and mapping beginning Sunday June 7th. Excavation will probably begin by June 14th. Come be a part of this project, the first of its kind in Dartmouth!

Find out more:

▸ By regularly visiting our blog:
▸ By emailing us: akinhousearch[at]gmail[dot]com

Please join us for our three Open House events:

Open House/Volunteer Training Day:

▸ Saturday, May 30th, 11AM-3PM (training @ 11AM & 2PM)
▸ RAIN DATE: Sunday, May 31st, 11AM-3PM (training @ 11AM & 2PM)
Open House/Student Results Day: Wednesday, July 1st, 1PM-4PM
Open House/End of Season:
▸ Saturday July 4th, 11AM-3PM
▸ RAIN DATE: Sunday, July 5th, 11AM-3PM

This summer's excavation at the Akin House is supported by the Dartmouth Heritage Preservation Trust, the Town of Dartmouth, and a University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Chancellor's Research Fund and Public Service Fund grant. The project is approved by the Massachusetts Historical Commission.

Volunteers! Be prepared:
▸ Sensible clothes
▸ Closed-toe shoes/boots
▸ Sun protection
▸ Bug protection
▸ Water/snacks/medication/gloves…
▸ Enthusiasm & patience!

Read about historical archaeology:
James Deetz In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life (1996)
Barbara J. Little Historical Archaeology: Why the Past Matters (2007)