Thursday, April 15: A Brief Social History of Stone Heaps

Archaeologist Timothy Ives, will present a 200-year social history of the stone heaps commonly found in New England’s forested hills. The purpose of Ives’s program is not to help us interpret the historical origin or cultural significance of any particular stone structure. Ives does not argue that there are no Native American ceremonial stone structures in New England. Instead, he wants to introduce us to related facts, patterns, and ideas that other researchers do not seem to be willing to openly address.

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Thursday, March 25: The Manitou Hassannash Preserve— Land of a Thousand Cairns See the presentation.

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In March of 2014, a Hopkinson resident brought two fellow hikers to see a wooded area off Lawton Foster Road with hundreds of unusual stone cairns crowded together so closely that you could stand next to one and touch another with your walking stick. On Thursday, March 25, James Gage will open our Spring Lecture Series with a program about the Manitou Hassannash Preserve. Mary Gage will join James to answer your questions.

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Digging up the Past, Nov. 5, 2020 See Zoom presentation.

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Digging the past on Manisses Recent archaeological investigations on Block Island have provided evidence for 7,000 years of Native American occupation. On Thursday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m., Jay Waller, senior archaeologist at The Public Archaeology Laboratory, will talk about some of the highlights of recent archaeological discoveries that are contributing to our understanding of Manissean Indian life. To register, send us an e-mail at

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The Beautiful Companion of Ramesses II, Nov. 19, 2020 See Zoom presentation

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Nefertari was the favorite wife of Ramesses the Great, who reigned in Egypt from 1279 to 1213 B.C. The vibrantly-colored paintings that cover almost every available surface of her burial tomb are considered the best preserved in any ancient Egyptian burial site and the most eloquent and detailed description of an Egyptian’s journey to the afterlife. On Thursday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m., Ruth Shilling, who has led more than 50 tours of Egypt, will take us on a virtual tour of this breathtaking and deeply moving site. To register, e-mail us at