Massachusetts Archaeology Month is in October. For more information, check out: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/MHC/mhcarch/ArchMonthintro.htm.
The Ancient Fishweir Project is an annual celebration each May of Boston's native people. Fishweirs were interwoven fences built in the tidal flats between 3,700 and 5,200 years ago to catch alewife, smelt, and salmon. This program combines public art, cultural education, and community events to teach about the ancient fishweirs, describe vast changes in the natural landscape over time, and explore the ancient history of the place we now call Boston. Teachers may also access curriculum guides and obtain archaeological background information online. For more information, visit its Web site at: www.fishweir.org.
Plymouth Archaeological Rediscovery Project offers archaeology education programs for children and adults, family programs, and lab tours. For more information, call (774) 488-2095, or visit its Web site at: http://www.plymoutharch.com/.
At the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University, many programs are available, including teacher workshops, interactive programs for children, classes and special events for families, and public lectures. For more information, call (617) 496-1027, or visit its Web site at: www.peabody.harvard.edu/.
The Worcester Art Museum offers ongoing youth and adult education classes, school tours, and public tours. For more information, call (508) 799-4406, or visit its Web site at: www.worcesterart.org.
The Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site schedules free ranger-guided activities through the archaeological collections and working reconstructions. The goal is to introduce students to the fascinating research field of archaeology. Children can earn their Junior Ranger badges by doing activities. For more information, call (781) 233-0050, or visit its Web site at: http://www.nps.gov/sair/index.htm.
The Museum of our National Heritage has workshops and events for children of all ages. For more information, call (781) 861-6559, or visit its Web site at: http://www.nationalheritagemuseum.org/.
Old Sturbridge Village is the largest outdoor museum in the Northeast. Visitors see a reenacted colonial village and tour restored colonial buildings. Old Sturbridge Village also hosts events for kids over the summer, including Summer Adventures, camps that allow kids of all age groups to explore an aspect of colonial history. For more information, call (800) 733-1830, or visit: http://www.osv.org/.
The Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester is the only museum in the Western Hemisphere where you can explore the life of a knight, try on a Roman legionnaire's helmet, and take a stroll through a medieval-style Great Hall. The museum offers plenty of programs, as well as school tours. For more information, call (508) 853-6015, or go to: www.higgins.org.