The Shirley-Eustis House announces Archaeology Program

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The Shirley-Eustis House Announces Participation in Massachusetts Archaeology Month

With a Program called, "History Beneath Our Feet"

BOSTON, Mass. – The Shirley-Eustis House, 33 Shirley Street, a National Historic Landmark house museum and carriage house in Roxbury, Massachusetts announces its participation in Massachusetts Archaeology Month.  William Francis Galvin, Chairman of the Massachusetts Historical Commission and Secretary of the Commonwealth says, “Massachusetts Archaeology Month is about archaeology in your community and the world.  It is an opportunity to learn about people who have lived in the area over the last several thousand years.”  For more information on all the events being held in Massachusetts, please visit

On Saturday, October 5, the Shirley-Eustis House presents, “History Beneath Our Feet at their 1806 Carriage House and grounds at 1:00 p.m. with our Executive Director/Curator Patti Violette.

“The goal of this program is to help train and sharpen participant historical inquiry, analysis and interpretation skills”, said Executive Director, Patti Violette.  “The program accomplishes this goal by participating in an archaeological dig in miniature based on methods and vocabulary of archaeological science.  The key point is that each of the artifacts found contains clues to their manufacture and date of origin and use. This program is for anyone who likes to get their hands dirty!”  Participants will dig in sandboxes to discover artifacts that were left behind for us to discover. This program is appropriate for students ages 9 and up.

This event will be great fun for the whole family and for anyone who is interested in the field of archaeology.  History Beneath Our Feet will also be offered to school groups during the entire 2013 school year.

Admission to this special program is only $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for students and seniors; FREE for members.

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The Shirley-Eustis House, 33 Shirley Street, Roxbury, MA, built in 1747 for Royal Governor William Shirley, was once a sprawling estate of 33 acres. It continues to sit majestically in Roxbury surrounded by beautiful gardens and historic fruit orchards and remains the most imposing and best preserved of the four remaining colonial governors' homes in the United States.  For more information, please call 617-442-2275 or email