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The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

Digging Into the Past




North Atlantic Archaeological Collaborative

Artifacts from the Pre 1650 Thomas Tobey active dig site.

                                                                Monday, June 29th  1pm    Free w/Museum Admission

Tom Keyes, Executive Director of the North Atlantic Archaeological Collaborative, and Archaeologist David Wheelock will share the fascinating story of the Cape Cod discovery of a buried treasure in downtown Sandwich.   The Keyes family discovered that their 1817 home was really pre 1650 during a renovation which led to the unearthing of the original location by Shawme Pond. They will bring artifacts found at the Thomas Tobey dig site such as the whale vertebrae that was used as a chopping block found still in the original hearth, Native American arrowheads, jewelry and pottery.  Their entertaining presentation will unravel the lost history of one of the original founders of Cape Cod. 



Tuesday, July 14th  1pm  Free w/Museum Admission

On the warm morning of July 21, 1918 – during the last year of the Firsst World War - a new prototype of German submarine surfaced three miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts and attacked an unarmed towboat and her four barges. A handful of the shells fired by the U-boat’s two deck guns struck Nauset Beach, giving the modest town of Orleans the distinction of being the first, and only, spot in the United States to receive fire from the enemy during the entire World War. Although upwards of one thousand citizens watched the spectacle from shore, the “Attack on Orleans” is a story very few Americans, outside the proud town of Orleans, have ever heard. Author Jake Klim will chronicle the first 30 minutes of the 90-minute attack and celebrate the resilience of Cape Cod at war.



                                    The Wellfleet Tavern Archaeological Site, Wellfleet, MA

                                                        Wednesday, August 19th 1pm Free w/Museum Admission

The Welfleet Tavern Site was an archaeological project excavated in 1972. Artifacts indicate there was an active tavern on the site at Great Island in Wellfleet from 1690-1740. It served as a drinking and eating establishment frequented by whalers, traders and locals. Learn how the site was found, the excavation process, artifact identification and the story about the people of the tavern.

Presented by Judy Macioci, teacher/naturalist at Mass Audubon in Marshfield and avocational archaeologist and member of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society.