All are welcome to join the members of Peace Lutheran Church in Wayland for a special presentation by local archeologist Tonya Largy, M.A., titled “Archaeological Evidence of Wayland’s First Residents,” to be held on Thursday, February 20 at 12:30pm in the church’s fellowship hall. This presentation will discuss archeological evidence and artifacts found from five different excavation sites in the Wayland area, which include recovered artifacts that represent periods going back to 8,000 years ago. One endangered pre-colonial site, excavated under a state permit from the Massachusetts Historical Commission over a twenty-eight year period, produced radiocarbon dates indicating the Native people continued to live here for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans. Anyone who has found or inherited Native American artifacts is encouraged to bring them to be identified.
Tonya Largy is an archeological consultant specializing in the analysis of plant and animal remains from archaeological sites. She is also on the staff of the Zooarcheology Laboratory, Peabody Museum, Harvard University. Tonya has been active in Wayland archaeology since the late 1970’s and was a co-founder of the Wayland Archaeology Group, an arm of the Wayland Historical Commission of which she is a member. She has served as a Trustee and President of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society.
This event is part of Peace Lutheran Church’s 50th anniversary celebration. Attendees are welcome to bring a sack lunch to enjoy with church members before the presentation beings. Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided. Peace Lutheran Church is located at 107 Concord Road, Wayland.