Pits, posts and palisades: The Archaeology of 17th century Plymouth Colony

For the last several years archaeologists from the University of Massachusetts Boston have been excavating remains of the original 17th-century Plymouth Colony settlement on Burial Hill in downtown Plymouth, MA. Dr. David B. Landon of the Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research gave a 69-minute on-line presentation of some of the findings on November 17, 2021 video by the Massachusetts Archaeological Society.

Dr. Landon described his work at the site that yielded evidence of the early settlement dating from ca. 1620-1650 at a location marked in red above at the bottom of Burial Hill just east of the First Parish Church, marked in black.

The archaeological excavations have uncovered sections of at least two buildings, yard and workspaces outside the buildings, a section of the palisade, and a contemporaneous Wampanoag occupation area. Click on the right hand photo for a larger view.

This presentation showcases the results of these investigations, highlighting the types of artifacts unearthed, the evidence for the earliest building construction methods, and the relationship between the English and Wampanoag settlements. Click on the left hand photo for a larger view.