The Vermont Agency of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration are upgrading a 6-mile long portion of Vermont Route 78 here in Swanton. The road work will improve safety along this heavily travelled road.
In advance of the planned road construction, VTrans is funding archaeology in the construction area to ensure that significant archaeological sites are investigated prior to construction. This is required by the National Historic Preservation Act, a federal law that protects important cultural resources. Two archaeological sites are present along the roadway which document 7000 years of Native Americans living in the area.
A portion of the project extends through the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, an area that abounds with wildlife and other natural resources. This beautiful setting is the traditional homeland of the Missisquoi Abenaki Tribe who reside here today.
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In celebration of Vermont
Archaeology Month in September, the Northeast Archaeology Research Center and
the Vermont Agency of Transportation welcomes all to the following events at
the Route 78 Archaeology Project in Swanton, Vermont:
On-Site Archaeology Open House (September 20 -
22, 9am to 4 pm):
site tours, and volunteer dig opportunities at this extraordinary site that reveals
at least 7,000 years of Native history along the Missisquoi River.
Lab Demonstrations (September 20, 12 pm to 4 pm; September
21-22, 9am to 4 pm):
some of the artifacts from the 2013 excavations at the Native American site in
Swanton. Learn what
archaeologists do in the laboratory- watch how the artifacts are cleaned,
catalogued and analyzed; see how soil samples from fire hearths, storage pits
and other features are “floated” to recover small fragments of plants and
animal remains; observe how artifacts are replicated, using rubber molds and
Celebrating Abenaki Traditions
(September 21, 10 am to 3 pm):
Elder Charlie Ives tells traditional Abenaki stories and Cookie Barratt,
Abenaki Elder and craftswoman, provides a hands-on opportunity as she
demonstrates making traditional medicine bags.
Nineteenth Century Photography
Demonstration (September 21 - 22, 9am to 4 pm)
Scott Anton demonstrates the 19th century wet collodion
process. This process, which produces a
glass negative and a finely detailed print, was used from the 1850s to about
All of the above events will take place
at the Maquam Trail Head, Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, Route 78,
Archaeology of the Missisquoi Delta, Recent
Discoveries Presentation (September 21, 7 pm):
will discuss and present information on the new archaeological discoveries of
the Missisquoi Delta region. This
presentation will take place at the Headquarters of the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, 29 Tabor Road,
Click here for a Calendar of Events
Click here for pictures from this years excavation
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