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Dig Uncover’s Deerfield’s Rich History

DEERFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Thanks to a group of amateur archaeologists, part of Deerfield’s rich history is being uncovered right before our very eyes.

It’s not an archaeological dig in some far away country.

This is Deerfield, Massachusetts and this team of archeological lovers has been here for two weeks.

What they’ve uncovered are artifacts from a bygone era.

“I’d estimate this to be roughly 12,800 calendar years,” said archaeologist Michael Gramly.

They’ve found a broken spear point that dates back nearly 13,000 years.

“In this region, that would constitute the earliest material you would find in this part of Massachusetts, there are no earlier cultures,” Gramly said.

In meticulous and careful fashion, the team digs and sifts through the soil looking to uncover their next treasure.

“There’s a complete spear point of the larger size compared to the littler size, making two different sizes.” he said.

The people at that time in this place were hunters.

Using primitive instruments like spears and knives they hunted caribou for food and their clothing.

The environment cold and challenging.

And what they found here is nothing short of amazing.

“This site is the largest encampment of this era I would say anywhere east of the Mississippi River,” Gramly said, “It’s really a treasure this site.”

The artifacts found at this site will be cataloged and they will remain here in Deerfield so students, members of the public, and historians will be able to look at them and learn more about the history of Deerfield.

  • Richard M. Gramly

    We appreciated the visit by the ABC, Channel 40 folks, and we were pleased to share with them a few of the many thousands of artifacts that had been unearthed at the “Ulrich Locus” at the Sugarloaf Palaeo-American site. We look forward to producing a monograph that will document our discoveries in September, 2013. We cannot do enough to make America aware of the Sugarloaf site, which was a central place for the earliest New Englanders.