"Digging Duxbury: The Brewster Homestead's Archaeological Past"

1-4pm Sat, Jul 6 - Sun, Sep 1, 2013

Venue: The Potter Gallery at The King Caesar House

120 King Caesar Road, Duxbury, MA 02332


Alison Arnold



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During the fall of 2012, the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society conducted an archaeological testing procedure on the Brewster site, funded through a generous grant by the Aequa Foundation. This summer's exhibition, Digging Duxbury: the Brewster Homestead's Archaeological Past will present the project and its findings, including proof that the site was occupied in the 17th century. The excavations at the Brewster site not only recovered evidence of Pilgrim-era occupation, but a spectrum of artifacts that indicate continued occupation through the early 20thcentury. Significant findings include Native American stone tools and completed projectile points going back at least 3,000 years. The dig also uncovered the house foundation, hearth and well from a late 18 century house (possibly that of a later Brewster or belonging to the Soule family, which took over the site around that time). Later artifacts recovered date to the turn of the 20th century and are from the Myles Standish Hotel which operated in the area, and used the site as a refuse heap.

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