Mass. Arch. Society (M.A.S.)

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The Massachusetts Archaeological Society (MAS) stimulates the study of archaeology and Native American cultural history, especially in Massachusetts, and serves as a bond among all students of archaeology. 

The MAS fosters public understanding through educational programs and publications, and promotes scientific research, careful, well-directed archaeological activity, conservation of sites, data, and artifacts, and seeks to prevent collection of specimens for commercial purposes.

Since 1939, the MAS has studied the people whose cultural legacy is within the lands we walk upon today.


  • Over the past half century, MAS has:

  • Excavated many sites, including some of the most significant archaeological discoveries in Massachusetts.

  • Built an extensive collection of over 70,000 artifacts spanning 12,000 years of history.

  • Established a museum.
    New: The Robbins Museum is now open on Wednesdays from 10am to 4pm and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.

  • Founded a research library of some 2500 volumes in archaeology and anthropology, and an extensive collection of periodicals.

  • Provided education for children and adults, including courses, lectures, and archaeological fieldwork training.

  • Developed a respected Bulletin, now in its 54th year, the only journal of its kind in Massachusetts.

  • Developed ties with local Native American Communities.

  • Founded chapters across the state, which offers programs and opportunities to participate in the field.

  • Worked with state and local officials to identify and protect archaeological sites.

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