The summer of 2016 marked the fourth season of UMass Boston's archaeological exploration in downtown Plymouth. This talk provides an overview of the project to date, highlighting the ways archaeologists use artifact and other clues to envision past landscapes. The wide range of artifacts and samples collected span the entire period from Native Patuxet through the 20th century, and help us understand the history of land use and the Town's changing environment.
David Landon is the Associate Director of the Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UMass Boston. He received his PhD in 1991 from Boston University. Landon came to UMass Boston in 2000 from Michigan Technological University, where he was an Associate Professor. During 1997-98 he was a Research Fellow in the Archaeobiology Laboratory of the Smithsonian Institution. Landon’s research interests are the archaeology of historic and industrial period sites, environmental archaeology, zooarchaeology, and archaeological science. Landon has published in more than a dozen journals including Historical Archaeology, Journal of Archaeological Science, International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, IA: Journal of the Society for Industrial Archaeology, and Journal of Wildlife Management. He has received over $400,000 in funding for projects supported by the National Science Foundation, USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Smithsonian, and other government and private sources. Landon is currently the editor of Northeast Historical Archaeology, which is published out of UMass Boston. He also teaches courses and advises students in the Historical Archaeology Graduate (M.A.) Program.