An Archaeological History of Chittenden County

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Thursday September 01, 2016

Explore 13,000 Years of Vermont History - September 8, 7 p.m.


Celebrate the 21st anniversary of Vermont Archaeology Month at the South Burlington Community Library, 540 Dorset Street, when Vermont State Archaeologist Jess Robinson presents An Archaeological History of Chittenden County Thursday, September 8, 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Robinson’s talk gives an overview of Chittenden County’s Pre-contact Native American history from the arrival of its first inhabitants approximately 13,000 years ago through to their contact with Europeans. He will focus on how local archaeological investigations have led to an understanding of local Native Americans’ lifeways and how these have changed through time. Robinson will also explore what archaeological investigations in the future may yet reveal. A question and answer session will follow.

With over 17 years of academic, regulatory and field experience in Vermont archaeology, Robinson has been the state archaeologist since 2014. He has a PhD from the State University of New York at Albany and an undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont. A native Vermonter who =Richmond with his wife and child.

“His constant commitment to our heritage is further demonstrated by his candidature for a PhD in anthropology, in addition to his work for the state of Vermont,” says Gabrielle Kinney, coordinator for Vermont Archaeology Month.

In September, the Division for Historic Preservation, along with the Agency of Transportation, hosts a month-long celebration of Vermont archaeology and history. Vermont Archaeology Month highlights Vermont’s remarkable ancient and historic past through informative lectures, interesting workshops, hands-on demonstrations and fun outdoor recreation opportunities. Events are scheduled across the state with free admission to most. For full details, visit the Vermont Archaeology Month Facebook page or website at http://historicsites.vermont.gov/vt_history/archaeology. Kinney adds, “Those keen on archaeology are also very welcome to visit the Vermont Archaeology Heritage Center in Barre, from which Jess works on Tuesdays and Thursdays.”