Archaeology at the Emily Dickinson Museum

Sunday, October 2 at 10AM

 Free to Museum members, $5 non-members.

Come view Emily Dickinson’s landscape through the lens of an archaeologist during this presentation and walking tour at the Museum. Faculty and members of the University of Massachusetts Amherst archaeological field school will present the findings from their work on the grounds of the Emily Dickinson Museum in the spring of 2016. The field school’s findings have shed new light on the location of a former Dickinson family barn, and on the soon to be reconstructed Dickinson conservatory site. See firsthand how archaeology informs the Museum’s preservation and restoration projects! 

No registration required.

For 2016, the Archaeology Month poster and calendar feature a photo from a recent archaeological dig at the Emily Dickinson Museum and an excerpt from the Dickinson poem beginning, "The earth has many keys." 

Begun in 1992 as Archaeology Week, Massachusetts Archaeology Month is a month-long celebration of archaeology in Massachusetts and around the world. Museums, libraries, archaeologists, and many more people and institutions join in hosting exhibits, lectures, walks, and events for adults, children, and teachers.

"In practice, archaeology unearths many keys to discovering and understanding the past," says Massachusetts State Archaeologist Brona Simon. "How fitting that the image of an archaeological investigation at Emily Dickinson's home in Amherst graces the poster and calendar."