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University of Massachusetts, Boston (Boston, MA 02125-3300)
David Landon (Project Director: December 2014 to present)
Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts: Archaeology and Geophysics

Excavation, analysis, and interpretation of new sites and existing artifacts in collections in connection with the original 17th-century settlement of Plymouth, Massachusetts. (36 months)

This project is for collaborative research focused on the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. It comprises three years of geophysical survey, pollen coring, archaeological excavation, and laboratory analysis focused on the original 17th-century settlement in downtown Plymouth and surrounding sites. This work will increase our understanding of the creation of the English colonial landscape, the environmental context and ecological consequences of colonization, and the interactions between Colonists and Native people. The Plymouth Colony will be the subject of intense public attention in the lead up to the 400th anniversary of the Colony in 2020. This NEH project will be the linchpin for building an academic understanding of the Plymouth settlement and portraying its importance to the broader public.

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Project fields:

Collaborative Research

Research Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$200,000 (approved)
$200,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 12/31/2021