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News and Events
PAL is committed to sponsoring community and historic preservation organizations and events. Links to information about upcoming events we are sponsoring are provided below.
PAL 2016 Event Sponsorships
Native American Settlement and Resource Exploitation along the Southern New England Coast
Where: Peace Dale Museum of Art and Culture (http://www.peacedalemuseum.org/)
When: Thursday, May 3rd at 7:00 pm
The Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc.’s. (PAL) Senior Archaeologist Jay Waller will discuss southern New England’s changing coast and will draw from real archaeological examples to summarize evolving patterns of Native American coastal settlement and use through time. This discussion will take us from Narragansett Bay, to the state’s south shore, and southward to Block Island.
Rhode Island’s 400 miles of coastline have supported coastal populations and communities for millennia. Fishing, shell fishing, canoe manufacture, trade, and resource exploitation were practiced along the southern New England coast long before the arrival of the first Europeans and continue to this day. Concerns about rising seas, coastal development, energy projects, and rapid responses to major storm events have led to a flurry of archaeological surveys within Rhode Island’s coastal zone in recent years. Archaeological surveys have provided evidence for more than 7,000 years of Native American occupation and use of the southern New England coastal zone. The regional archaeological record is varied, ranging from small stone quarries and fishing locales to large, concentrated Native American villages and places of ancient ceremony.
PAL was well-represented in a symposium on March 30 during the 82nd annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Vancouver B.C. The symposium, “Person, Place, or Thing: Ongoing Questions and Evidence for New England Settlement and Material Culture” which focused on issues related to New England archaeology spanning the PaleoIndian Period through the 18th century. Ora Elquist chaired the symposium which included PAL staff Dianna Doucette, Erin Flynn, Kristen Jeremiah, John Kelly, and Dan Forrest, as well as industry and academic colleagues Richard Boisvert, Mandy Ranslow, Bruce Rusch, and Sarah Sportman.
The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and the Museum of Science in Boston are proud to bring you the 10th Annual Archaeology Fair. The event runs Friday, October 14 (9 am to 2 pm) and Saturday, October 15 (10 am to 3 pm) at the Boston Museum of Science. Staff from PAL including Dianna Doucette, Senior Archaeologist, Danielle Cathcart, Laboratory Analyst, and Ted Dattilo, Field Archaeologist will be representing PAL on Saturday. They will have a hands-on display of tools through history - from those that Native Americans used, and traded, to the tools that archaeologists use today to interpret the past.
Visit https://www.archaeological.org/events/21577 for more information.
The Noreen Stonor Drexel Cultural and Historic Preservation program at Salve Regina University in collaboration with the Newport Restoration Foundation will host its annual conference on the theme “Preservation in the US: 50 Years On.” The purpose of this conference is to identify and discuss the successes and failures of doing preservation on this, the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. The PAL team will be speaking during Session III beginning at 10:00 am on Friday, October 14.
Session III: Cultural Resource Management and the National Historic Preservation Act | Ochre Court Library 10-11:15 a.m.
-PAL’s 35 Years of History Under Section 106 | Deborah Cox
-Water, Wind, and Waves: Coastal Storm and the Erosion of Rhode Island’s Ancient Past | Joseph N. Waller, Jr. Daniel Forrest, and Timothy Ives, Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission
-Saving Where We Live: How Surveys Support Community Preservation | Virginia H. Adams
For schedule information visit: http://chpconference.salvereginablogs.com/schedule/
PAL is a sponsor of the upcoming RI Preservation Celebration & Rhody Awards being held at Rosecliff in Newport, Rhode Island on Sunday October 16, 2016 from 4:00-6:30 pm. Hosted by Preserve Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, the event honors people who make a difference by protecting Rhode Island's historic places. This year's venue is the historic Rosecliff one of the Gilded Age Mansions of Newport. It's ballroom was used to film scenes for the 1974 version of The Great Gatsby, The Betsy, High Society, True Lies, and Amistad. For more information on the celebration, please go to http://www.preserveri.org/rhody-awards.
The New England Chapter of Docomomo US, in collaboration with Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc. (PAL), presents a walking tour of Roxbury, a neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts and one of the first towns founded in the Massachusetts Bay Colony – subsequently annexed to Boston in 1868.Our tour of Roxbury will demonstrate how a neighborhood in proximity to downtown Boston has transformed within the pressures of modern planning – and how the local community worked in concert with the BRA to shape their evolving neighborhood.
Date: October 8, 2016
Time: Tour: 9:30am - 3:00pm, Reception: 4:00pm
Cost: Suggested Donation* $10 per person (students), $15 per person (members of Docomomo US, Docomomo International, or Boston Society of Architects), $20 general public. *Our goal is to make this tour income-inclusive and no person will be denied attendance due to inability to pay the suggested donation.
Visit Block Island on October 1, 2016, to learn about the archaeological heritage of the Manissee, the island’s original Native American residents. Hosted by the Block Island Historical Society, this event will feature lectures by archaeologists Joseph Waller of The Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc. at 11:00 am and Kevin McBride of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center at 1:00 pm. Rhode Island State Archaeologist Timothy Ives will provide a stone tool-making demonstration at 2:30 p.m. Between events, please peruse the society’s beautiful museum gallery and gift shop, view a display on southern Rhode Island’s cultural landscape prepared by archaeologist Dawn Beamer of the University of Connecticut, and enjoy a brand new exhibit on Block Island archaeology.
Location: Block Island Historical Society, 18 Old Town Road
Date: October 1, 2016
Sponsored by: the Block Island Historical Society, The Public Archaeology Laboratory Inc., and Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center.
A Rhode Island Archaeology Month Event
Please join Alan Leveillee, Senior Archaeologist at the Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc., as he shares some amazing stories about how archaeologists are studying ancient lifeways in southern New England.
Location: Taunton Historical Society, Old Colony History Museum, 66 Church Green
Date: October 20, 2016
When Samuel Gorton came to the western shores of Narragansett Bay in 1642, it was already home for thousands of Native Americans. The English settled amongst three Native villages and the two very different cultures lived side by side for more than thirty years.
Please join Alan Leveillee, Senior Archaeologist at the Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc., as he shares some amazing stories about past and present history in Warwick. Bring an artifact you’ve found and we’ll look at it through the archaeological lens.
Location: Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane
Date: October 30, 2016
A Rhode Island Archaeology Month Event