Magazine article Humanities


Magazine article Humanities


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As Americans prepared for a Thanksgiving holiday, an archaeological team from the University of Massachusetts Boston announced that they had discovered the site of the original Pilgrim colony in the heart of modern Plymouth, Massachusetts.

It has long been known that the Pilgrims landed in North America on the Mayflower in 1620, but the exact location of their Plymouth settlement remained elusive. With a three-year, $200,000 NEH grant, archaeologist David Landon began working this past summer with a 35-person crew in a small part of the city known as Burial Hill-which is a cemetery that is believed to have been part of an earlier Indian community. Among the materials discovered were musket balls, seventeenth-century ceramics, soil stained from a wooden post of a structure, and calf bones. The calf remains were the big clue that this was a European site, as the Native Americans didn't keep domesticated livestock.

"People have never found part of the seventeenth-century settlement in downtown Plymouth," Landon told the Boston Globe. "For the first time, we found part of the built environment."


Twelve after-school or out-of-school programs for children received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award in November. First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the honorées at a White House ceremony, praising them for their innovation and dedication to bringing learning opportunities to often underserved populations. The awards are an initiative of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

This year's winners: AileyCamp Miami offers six weeks of performing arts and dance to children; Baranov Museum Youth History and Film Summer Intensive in Kodiak helps 7th through 12th graders research and create documentaries on historical topics related to Alaska; IBA's Youth Development Program in Boston provides academic support, arts education, and leadership training for high schoolers; Next Gen in San Francisco offers internship opportunities in video production and game coding Screen It! …

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