Waltham's Gore Place celebrates Archaeology Month

Chris Bergeron

To celebrate Archaeology Month, historic Gore Place in Waltham is offering visitors exciting possibilities to see what goes on at a real life "dig."

On weekdays from Oct. 16 through 31 except Friday, Oct. 24, visitors can observe the archaeological dig at the 45-acre estate that holds the stately 19th century mansion of Christopher Gore, the seventh governor of Massachusetts.

Led by Leith Smith, a team of archaeologists are trying to determine the original site of the Gore's Carriage House and Green House as part of a long-range plan to return the 1793 Carriage House close to its original position.

Visitors can observe and talk with the archaeologists on-site everyday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be an Open House, Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of Archaeology Month.

Children ages 6 and older accompanied by an adult can rent a backpack with archaeology tools and undertake activities designed to help them understand how research is done at a historic site. This is a special addition to the Take A Walk program. Rental fees for the backpack are $5. Backpacks will be available at the mansion Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Nov. 15.

Gore Place is located at 52 Gore St., just off Rte. 20 (Main Street), Waltham, near the Watertown line, and is accessible via the 70 or 70A bus.

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