New Perspectives on the History and Archeology of Block Island

Block Island Archaeology Day, October 2017 – date to be announced

Location Block Island Historical Society Museum

Last year’s weekend event is in the planning stages for a Saturday in October 2017 for a Block Island Archaeology panel discussion with Kevin McBride, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut; Joseph (Jay) N. Waller, Jr, Senior Archaeologist with The Public Laboratory, Inc (PAL); Tim Ives, Principle Archaeologist from the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission.

Visit Block Island for the day to learn about the archaeological heritage of the Manisseans, the island’s original Native American residents, who have made their livings for thousands of years in this unique homeland.  

Based at the Block Island Historical Society, this event features lectures by Joseph Waller of the Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc. and Kevin McBride of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, and will include a stone tool making demonstration by Timothy Ives of the RIHPHC. 

View a poster by University of Connecticut graduate student, Dawn Beamer about southern Rhode Island’s cultural landscape, and enjoy a brand new exhibit display in the West Gallery. 

This event is sponsored by the Block Island Historical Society, the Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc., and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center.

For info relating to current archaeology digs or surveys Contact: or 401-288-6311

The Museum is open weekends in the spring and fall 11-4 and weekdays by appointment.

Call (401) 466-2481 or email for more information.

Archaeology Panel

Dr. Timothy Ives
As the Principal Archaeologist at the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, Tim directs a program to identify, document, preserve, and interpret Rhode Island’s archaeological record.
Jay Waller
Joseph (Jay) N. Waller, Jr. is a Senior Archaeologist with The Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc. (PAL). Mr. Waller has over 20 years of experience in archaeological survey and historic preservation planning and has been involved in more than 65 archaeological projects in southern and coastal Rhode Island. His specialties include Native American archaeology and historical cemeteries.
Dr. Kevin McBride
Dr. McBride is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut and the Director of Research at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. He has conducted archaeological and historical research in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Block Island as well as Baja Mexico, the Caribbean and Portugal. His research interests include Cultural and Historical Landscapes, Maritime Adaptations, Historical Archaeology, Underwater Archaeology, and Battlefield Archaeology.Dr. McBride is a member of the Society for American Archaeology, the American Anthropological Association, and the Society for Historic Archaeology and Society for American Ethnohistory and is Adjunct Faculty of the Institute for Exploration. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Museum of Natural History and of the Governor's Task Force on Indian Affairs. He has written numerous articles on Native American and Colonial archaeology, ethnohistory, archaeobotany, underwater archaeology, and Battlefield Archaeology.