J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Saturday, May 07, 2016

Deerfield Conference on Buildings Archeology, 16 July

On Saturday, 16 July, Historic Deerfield is hosting a one-day conference on “Buildings Archaeology: An Integrated Approach to Understanding Historic Structures.”

The event description says:
The study of historic buildings to pinpoint the initial period of construction as well as later modifications relies on a variety of disciplines and areas of expertise that, when combined, build an accurate case for determining the evolution of a structure. The symposium will introduce the methods and materials available to those who work with, or live in, historic buildings.
Speakers and topics include:
  • Myron Stachiw, UMass-Amherst Historic Preservation Program, “Buildings Archaeology: From the Historic Structures Report to Historical Interpretation”
  • Robert Adam, “Decoding Carpenter’s Tool Marks and Layout Lines”
  • Tom Paske, “Decoding Building Chronology through Fastener Analysis”
  • John Vaughn, Architectural Conservation Services, “Decoding Paint: The Use of Paint Investigation for Relative Dating”
  • Bill Flynt, Historic Deerfield, “Decoding Construction History with Dendrochronology”
  • Claire Dempsey, Flynt Center, “Decoding Documents: Gathering the Data and Weighing the Evidence”
The conference will take place from 8:45 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Deerfield Community Center. The cost is $85 for Historic Deerfield members, $95 for others. For full information and a registration form, download this P.D.F. document.

(Photo of a Deerfield building above courtesy of New England House Historian Marian Pierre-Louis.)

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