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WESTPORT — The Westport Historical Society invites the public to observe and to participate in the first below ground archeological investigation at the Handy House, 202 Hix Bridge Road. 

The event will be Saturday, Jan. 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

As the Society prepares to embark on stabilization of the building, this excavation will provide information about the occupants and evolution of the Handy House property. What lies beneath the ground at this property is unknown. This is the community’s opportunity to discover history firsthand and to view artifacts found during the dig.

All artifacts will be processed and catalogued at the newly set up archaeology laboratory located at 803 Main Road, and will become part of the Westport Historical Society’s collection. The Massachusetts Historical Commission has approved the project and the new lab space which offers future opportunities for community involvement in this and other local archaeological digs. Read more.

At the price of a few days’ labor in the dirt, and $150 to cover work costs, those with an interest in archaeology can help uncover Macon’s roots.

From Oct. 10 to 28, archaeologists from The Lamar Institute in Savannah will renew their 2005 dig at Fort Hawkins, the 1806 frontier post that predated the city by 17 years.

The previous excavation uncovered the east wall and half the south side of the wooden palisade that surrounded the fort, said Marty Willett, project coordinator for the city’s Fort Hawkins Commission. In addition to discovering that the fort was diamond-shaped rather than square, the 2005 dig found the sites of half a dozen substantial buildings and more than 30,000 artifacts, he said.

“The dig was so necessary for us to understand the truth about Fort Hawkins,” Willett said. “What we’ve revealed is a more significant and substantial Fort Hawkins than ever before.”

The dig this fall will trace the remaining outer walls, culminating with the fort’s northwestern blockhouse, he said.

“It blew over in a windstorm in 1871,” Willett said. Read more.

MONTREAL — Archeologists digging up a Montreal parking lot that once was home to a pre-Confederation parliament have begun unearthing bits and pieces of its past.

Among the items are a tea set and a pair of glasses that someone left behind in the building the night it burned to the ground in 1849.

The items have been found since digging commenced Canada Day weekend at the site of a market that became the first permanent parliament of what was then the United Province of Canada.

Very few items were salvaged from the blaze that destroyed the building.

But archeologists spent nearly two decades surveying the site and had a hunch they’d find something hidden deep in the ground, even after 160 years. Read more.

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — In the Cathedral District, a bag of Cheetos can make history make sense.

For Jeff Sommer, curator of archaeology at the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History, when Cheetos happen to pop up at his dig sites, they sometimes tell him stories other artifacts can’t.

This week, two bags of the snack — with buy-by dates from 1993 — were discovered in the same pile with 19th century brick, glass and nails at an archaeological effort that Sommer hopes paints a better portrait of the average Saginaw family, circa 1893.

The junk food likely wasn’t a part of the diet of the McMasters — the family that lived in a home at the site before Saginaw’s Great Fire of 1893 burned the house to the ground — but both bags’ presence, along with evidence of a nearby ground hog tunnel, clue him in that this dig hasn’t remained entirely untouched over the decades. Read more.

AN area’s first underwater archaeological dig has yielded further evidence of its past as a centre of cloth production.

Coquetdale Community Archaeology’s (CCA) dig in the River Coquet has uncovered the remains of a system of sluices linked to the fulling mill which was the subject of their project.

The 13th-Century fulling mill near Barrowburn was operated by monks, with records kept by those at Newminster Abbey in Morpeth showing they had built such an operation to process cloth in that area.

Last summer masonry blocks were found in the bank, along with some timber remains.

The process of Carbon 14 dating by a timber specialist at the Museum of London confirmed these were about 800 years old. Read More.

WARG, the Winchester archaeology and local history group, is holding an open day next weekend.

It will be at St Elizabeth’s Mead, College Walk, on Sunday August 7 between 10.30am and 4pm.

WARG is digging St Elizabeth’s Chapel on Winchester College land.

The chapel was built around 1300 and demolished around 1540.

The objective of the dig is to confirm the position of the chapel and try to understand something of its historical context.

On August 7 there will be an opportunity to see the dig in progress and to share in what WARG is learning about an interesting medieval building. All ages are welcome. Stout footwear is advised. (source)

A dig at the site of the last major Civil War battle in Scotland has begun, to learn more about the historic clash.

The battle of Inverkeithing, in 1651, was a pivotal win for Oliver Cromwell’s forces, from where they launched the final push to conquer Scotland.

Now, 360 years on, experts hope to uncover what may be the best preserved Civil War remains north of the border.

They also hope to learn more about what is seen as an important, yet ignored, battle.

Volunteers backed by a professional archaeologist have begun a survey to uncover artifacts, which is hoped will lead to a full dig next year. Read more.

A DECORATIVE gold item thought to be more than 1,200 years old has been found by a French student at a Northumberland archaeological dig within the walls of Bamburgh Castle.

Project director Graeme Young said the gold artefact could date back to as early as the ninth century.

He said: “It is breathtaking in its complexity. In its day, it was probably worth the income of two or three peasants for a year, quite easily.’’

From early examinations, it is thought that the gold has been broken off from a much bigger item such as a sword belt, an item of clothing or a piece of jewellery.

The 1.4cm (0.6 inch) piece of gold has yet to be properly identified or valued by specialists, but will go on show at the castle later this year. Chris Calvert, director at Bamburgh Castle, said: “It’s the largest piece of gold we’ve found so far.” Read more.