Unearthing the New Narratives of 1676: Public Info Session on current archaeology findings at the Falls

On Thursday June 21, 2018 from 6:30-8:30 at Turners Falls High School Auditorium, 222 Turnpike Road, Montague, the Battlefield Grant Advisory board will host a public information session.

The session is hosted by the Battlefield Grant Advisory Board which is composed of five towns and four tribes. The Aquinnah Wampanoag, the Chaubunagungamaug Band of Nipmuck Indians, the Elnu Abenaki, and the Narragansett Indian Tribe, as well as Historical Commissioners from Montague, Greenfield, Gill, Northfield and Deerfield have been meeting monthly over the past five years, coordinating this battlefield study of the complex massacre and counter-attack in 1676 that has marked our region over the subsequent centuries.

The first part of the program, a powerpoint presentation from 6:30 to 7:15 will focus on the final Phase II archaeological report of the Research Team of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum. The Team did extensive field research on the battlefield terrain stretching from Riverside through Factory Hollow and into the Nash’s Mills area of Greenfield. Their discoveries and new interpretations of the event add to the growing body of knowledge, fueling high local and regional interest in the event of May 19, 1676.

The second part of the program will feature a panel of four Tribal Historical Preservation Officers and Christine De Lucia, noted author and assistant professor of History at Mt Holyoke College. They will address the topic of “Unearthing the New Narratives of 1676” and will welcome questions and opinions from the public.

This Public Information Session is sponsored by the Montague Planning Department, and the National Park Service Battlefield Protection Program.

For more information call 413-863-3200x207 or www.kpwar.org