About the Project: May 19- June 6, 2015

Digging Northampton’s History is a community archaeology project located in Northampton, Massachusetts.  We’ll be excavating the Parsons House, an 18th-century home.  Excavation dates are May 19 through June 6, Tuesday through Saturday.

The Parsons House is scheduled to undergo much-needed rehabilitation, which will require expanding the existing basement.  Our project is being held to document and remove any data (artifacts) that might be located in the area that is going to be excavated.  All archaeology requires a research question, though, and the goal driving this season’s project is to understand what life was like for women and children living in Northampton in the 1700s.

Want to see what’s happening?  Feel free to stop by any afternoon we are open (1-3 p.m.) or come to one of our Public Days (Saturdays: May 23, May 30, and June 6).  On public days, the site will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and we will offer guided site tours as well as activities for children.

Interested in volunteering to work on the project?  We have limited spots available!  Contact Linda Ziegenbein, the project director, at diggingnorthampton(at)gmail.com.

Can’t make it to the site or want to keep up with what is happening?  Follow along with the Project Diary.

Have you visited the site and have questions, thoughts, or want to offer a historical interpretation?  Submit it here!

Excited about local history?  Consider joining Historic Northampton!


This project is funded in part by Mass Humanities.


Historic Northampton: Making History Present