Homeschool Family Dig

EscherJoin us as we celebrate Massachusetts Archaeology Month 2014!

On Friday, October 10, 2014 we will be offering a Homeschool Family Dig program at the Benjamin Nye House in East Sandwich, MA. Choose from a morning session (10:00-12:00) (Sorry, morning is full) or afternoon session (1:00-3:00) and dig deep with archaeology! This program will include a brief Introduction to Archaeology followed by an opportunity for families to assist with excavations at a historic house site.

Children and adults are both welcome to dig. We do limit the maximum number of participants to 12 per session, so please preregister everyone who will be digging using the form below.

Cost is 10.00 for first participant in a family, 7.00 for each additional one, payable on the day of the dig.

The Benjamin Nye house was constructed in the 1680s and has been occupied since. After seven generations it was sold out of the Nye family, but was later repurchased by the Nye Family of America in 1962 and is run as a historic house museum. We will be excavating test squares in the area where an addition, put on the house in the 18th century, was removed in the 20th century. Oral history says that the addition had a cellar and we are hoping to find the cellar hole and to help better date the erection of the addition and its use. This dig will be directed by Craig Chartier, a professional archaeologist, and his homeschooling family.

We will provide all the tools and participants should bring water, gloves, and maybe a kneeling pad.

Admission into the Benjamin Nye homestead, a historic house museum, is included in the program cost.

Feel free to pack a lunch and picnic on the property either before your session (if you are digging in the afternoon) or after your session (if you are digging in the morning).

The Benjamin Nye House is located at 85 Old County Rd, East Sandwich, MA 02537.

If you have any questions, you can contact us at or 774-488-2095.