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Weblog for the Fiske Center for Archaeological Research at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

December 14, 2014
by John Steinberg
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Geophysics at the Fowler Clark Farmstead in Mattapan

Using the CMD mini at Fowler-Clark

Using the CMD mini at Fowler-Clark

We are half way through a survey of the Fowler Clark Farmstead in Mattapan.  We were set back a little by the nor’easter last week, but will be out again finishing the GPR survey on Monday and Tuesday (December 15-16).

The geophysical work in on behalf of Historic Boston Inc., who would like to keep the pastoral setting of the farmstead. Today the 200-year-old farmstead sits on half an acre at Hosmer and Norfolk streets.  It is not known when the main farmhouse was built, but it appears on maps drawn between 1786 & 1806.  The barn is from about 1860.  You can learn more about this project on their blog which as a great 3D scan done by Feldman Land Surveyors.

We have some very preliminary results from the CMD.  The CMD is one of the instruments we were able to purchase with our recent NSF grant for work in Iceland from 2015-2017.  In 2013 we got a small grant to test these out in Iceland and like the unit very much, especially the temperature compensation.   That compensation algorithm turned out to be particularly important for the current November –December survey.

CMD 3 conductivity preliminary readings at Fowler-Clark

CMD 3 conductivity preliminary readings at Fowler-Clark

We surveyed with 25 cm transect intervals and fiducials mostly at 5 m.  This is the clipped conductivity 3 (largest dipole center distance – 1.18m)  readings.  The image mostly shows the distribution of sub-surface and near surface metal.

We will post more as we process it.

 

November 7, 2014
by John Steinberg
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UMass Boston Archaeologsts Presenting at this year’s meeting of the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology

There will be several papers by UMass Boston Archaeologsts at this years meeting of the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology (CNEHA).  Many of them will be in David Landon & Christa Beranek’s “Revisiting the Archaeology of the Plymouth Colony.”  That session will describe much of the work that went on this summer on Burial hill.

As a quick preview of the paper by Steinberg, Damiata & Bolender (Ground Penetrating Radar on Burial Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts) we have a 3D movies of EU 2

October 23, 2014
by John Steinberg
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David Landon to talk on Archaeology Partnerships for 2020 at Plimoth Plantation tonight

David Landon excavating on Burial Hill in PLymouth in 2014

David Landon excavating on Burial Hill in Plymouth in 2014

Professor David Landon from UMass Boston’s Fiske Center for Archaeology will discuss the collaborative partnership between the Fiske Center and Plimoth Plantation as we count down to the 2020 anniversary.  How does Plymouth fit into the context of Atlantic history? What new light can be shed using 21st-century archaeological techniques? Professor Landon will discuss results of the 2014 field season along School Street and the ongoing search for Plymouth’s original fortifications on Burial Hill

When Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7 – 8pm
Where Plimoth Plantation
Category Indoors, Talks and Lectures
Cost Free, Open to All

October 17, 2014
by John Steinberg
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Stephen Mrozowski, Director of the Fiske Center for Archaeological Research at UMass Boston, to talk about Indiana Jones

Jlogooin Plimoth Cinema at Plimoth Plantation as they present a lively talk by Dr Stephen Mrozowski (a real life Indiana Jones) and the film classic Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. The evening starts with a meet and greet and 6:30pm and for those who want to join us we will once again be offering reserved box suppers. Next we will listen to real live archeologist and fantastic speaker, Dr Stephen Mrozowski followed by the film that thrilled a nation, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stephen-mrozowski-and-the-raiders-of-the-lost-ark-tickets-13242529763

September 30, 2014
by John Steinberg
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Audrey Horning to speak on “The Ever Present Past”

Special Archaeology Fall Lecture at UMass Boston

Professor Audrey Horning of the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology at  Queen’s University in Belfast, Ireland will speak:
Wednesday, October 1
3:00-4:00 pm McCormack Building, First Floor, Room 503

The title of her talk is:

“The ever present past: Colonial legacies and the archaeology of the Atlantic world”

All are invited….