Focusing on the study of humans through found objects, Archaeology Day combines both science and history through a day of fun-filled activities.
Delve into questions that connect science with the familiar:
- How did Vermonters live in the past?
- What tools did Vermonters make and how did they make them?
- What’s happened in Vermont during the last 12,900 years, and how do we know?
- Do archaeologists really raid tombs and dodge runaway boulders, like they do in the movies?
Enjoy a variety of activities that will help you discover your inner archaeologist:
- Examine real artifacts at the Science Discovery Lab
- Be your own history detective at a site clues simulation
- Get your hands messy at the pottery workshop
- Watch stone tool and pottery making demonstrations
- Throw an atlatl (or find out what it is)
- Talk to real local archaeologists
Archaeology Day Schedule:
11:00 Stone Artifacts – Examine stone arrowheads, knives, spearheads, and shards that have all been found in Vermont. Discovery Lab.
12:00 Flint Knapping Demonstration – Flint knappers will teach you about the stones and tools of their trade. Classroom.
1:00 Pottery Artifacts – Examine pottery chards under a microscope as you try to match and sort ceramics from different time periods. Discovery Lab.
2:00 Pottery Demonstration – Get your hands dirty as you practice making different designs. Classroom.
3:00 Historic Artifacts – Explore the nails, bricks, and historic rubbish of 18th and 19th century Vermont. Discovery Lab.
3:30 Modern Artifacts – Discover the recent archaeological past with this surprising collection of 20th century life. Discovery Lab.
Atlatl Throwing: intermittently throughout the day. Using the atlatl to throw darts is based on ancient hunting techniques. Tests your strength and accuracy as you learn how to throw an atlatl on the museum lawn, near the railroad.
Archaeology Day at the Montshire is made possible by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation as part of Vermont Archaeology Month.