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National Seashore Hosts Archaeology Month Program in Truro

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Date: September 24, 2009
Contact: WIlliam Burke, Park Historian, 508-255-3421 ext. 14

On Wednesday, October 7, at 10 AM, Cape Cod National Seashore is marking Massachusetts Archaeology Month by offering a free program entitled, “Up and Down at the Pamet Bog House and Bearberry Hill.” Join Seashore archaeologist Frederica Dimmick and Park Historian William Burke on a free 1½ hour program that explores a once-flourishing cranberry farm area where archaeology has revealed information about early Native peoples’ use of the marsh, and the story of 19th and 20th century use of the Bog House. Then climb to the top of spectacular Bearberry Hill via a refurbished trail that highlights natural vegetative resources as well as vistas of the Atlantic Ocean and Ballston Beach, once a popular resort destination a century ago.   “The archeology and history of the Pamet area in Truro, coupled with the spectacular natural beauty of the place, make it a must-see destination at the Seashore” according to George Price, Superintendent of Cape Cod National Seashore.  

For the tour, park at the trailhead parking lot at the end of North Pamet Road near the old Coast Guard Station. After parking, retrace your route by foot along the road to the Bog House driveway where the program will begin.  Rain postpones this program until the following day, Thursday, October 8.

Begun in 1992 as Archaeology Week, Massachusetts Archaeology Month is a month-long celebration of archaeology in Massachusetts and around the world. Museums, libraries, archaeologists, and many more people and institutions host exhibits, lectures, walks, and events for adults, children, and teachers.  A full listing is available online at  www.sec.state.ma.us/mhc.









Did You Know?

Race Point, Provincetown, MA

The area at the northernmost tip of Cape Cod National Seashore in Provincetown is known as “Race Point”. It gets its name from the swift tidal “race” that swirls from ocean to bay around the point. The swimming beach is located a safe distance away in calmer waters.