Learn more about the Upton Chamber at Upton Archaeology Day

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Chamber located at Heritage Park in Upton

On Saturday, October 24 the public is invited to learn more about the Chamber at Heritage Park, the importance of quartz in Algonquin Ceremonial Stone Landscapes of the Northeast,  Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) Dating, and Upton are Nipmuc Indian and English Settlements in the 1600’s during Massachuetts Archaeology Day in Upton.

In 2011 the Upton Historical Commission obtained sediment samples from the Chamber located at Heritage Park in Upton while making repairs .The samples were sent to the the U.S. Geological Survey Lab in Denver, Colorado for optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating of the quartz grains. Upton Historical Commission Chair Cathy Taylor said, “Three samples returned OSL ages between 385 to 660 years ago (or 1625 A.D. to 1350 A.D.; using the year 2011 as the 0 year). The samples were taken of sediment behind the lowest stones in the wall of the entrance passageway.”

Saturday October 24 at 9:30

Nipmuc High School, 2nd floor media room

90 Pleasant Street, Upton MA

Presentations Include:

David Tall Pine White from the Nipmuc Tribe will talk about the importance of quartz in Algonquin Ceremonial Stone Landscapes of the Northeast

Fred Martin PhD will address luminescence dating of sand at the Upton chamber and implications for determining the age of other archaeological and ceremonial sites

Shannon Mahan, US Geological Survey, Denver, CO: OSL researcher will illuminate the science of OSL dating

Cathy Taylor from the Upton Historical Commission will discuss Nipmuc Indian and English settlement in the Upton area in the 1600’s.

Strong Eagle will perform Native American Flute Music. Strong Eagle is a member of the Nipmuc Nation

After the presentation at Nipmuc Regional High School the public is welcome to visit Heritage Park, 18 Elm Street in Upton where they can view the Chamber.

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