Join Vineyard archaeologists Jim Richardson and Dick Burt for a celebratory launch of their new book, Finding a Lost Vineyard House: Archaeology of the John and Experience Mayhew House Site on Martha’s Vineyard, detailing and contextualizing their 1985 dig at the John and Experience Mayhew House site in Chilmark. The book explores the interrelationship of the Wampanoag with the English colonists from 1642, when Thomas Mayhew Sr. first purchased the right to settle on Martha’s Vineyard, until 1765 using 15,000 artifacts and 10,000 animal bones of food remains discovered in the archaeological dig.
Dr. Richardson III is an emeritus chief curator of the Section of Anthropology, Carnegie Museum of Natural History and emeritus professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh. He has conducted extensive archaeological research in Peru, Western Pennsylvania and on Martha’s Vineyard where he has summered in East Chop for decades. Mr. Burt is an Island archaeologist and historian who has made significant contributions through his research, based on site surveys and surface collections, participating and co-directing excavations. He has made countless contributions to the study of colonial house sites and colonial history on Martha’s Vineyard.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase/signing.
Advanced registration required. Space is limited.
Saturday, September 25 at 4:00pm
Martha's Vineyard Museum
151 Lagoon Pond Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568