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How would you like to be one of the only people to know how we know what we know about Early Plymouth?  You can with this unique program that investigates the early town and how archaeologists and historians and archaeologists have discovered this misplaced past.

The first permanent European settlement in New England was in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620. But what do we know about this settlement and how do we know it. This program explores the value of archaeology and the research processes that are used by archaeologists to deceipher the book of the past.  Participants will learn about how archaeologists know what the fort and the town looked looked like through the use of historical documents and records. They will also explore a number of Plymouth archaeological sites that have taught us about the sorts of houses people lived in during those early years, what they ate and what sorts of things were in their households. Did people eat turkey at the "First Thanksgiving"? By looking at the animal bones found at a number of Plymouth Colony sites, archaeologists have been able to answer this question with some certainty.

Participants will get a chance to research the early history of Plymouth using the very documents written by the Pilgrims themselves. Probate records, wills and court records will be used to explore the following topics:

  • what are some of the jobs that people did in Plymouth
  • what did the houses look like
  • how was the town laid out
  • what kinds of animals did they raise
  • what did they eat
  • how were their houses set up