• The Deerfield River is tributary to the Connecticut River, depicted here in Thomas Cole's famous 1836 painting

  • The Deerfield River in its floodplain eroding through the red sandstone that makes up Mount Sugarloaf.

  • Swimming hole on the Deerfield (photo: Art Schwenger)

  • Rafters enjoying a summer day on the river (Photo: Art Schwenger)

  • Sunset during December over the Deerfield Valley (photo: A Schwenger)

  • Autumn along the Deerfield RIver

Annual Meeting – October 21 at 6:30 pm (2014)

GREENFIELD — On Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m., Deerfield River Watershed Association is celebrating 20 years of protecting the ecology of the Deerfield River, its tributaries, and surrounding watershed by offering a special free talk on the archaeology of the Deerfield River Valley spanning the last 10,000 years. New England archaeologist and UMass-Amherst Anthropology Department chair Elizabeth Chilton will reveal archaeological evidence for the initial peopling of the region and social and technological changes and continuities over the past 10 millennia. Through archaeological evidence, she will explore several interesting questions and assumptions about those who inhabited this region during early Colonial and pre-Colonial times. How were lands managed for food production? What role did the river play in cultural and economic life? How was society organized and what impacts occurred as Europeans and their germs moved into the area? The talk will be held at Four Rivers Charter School, 248 Colrain Road, Greenfield.
Refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Talk begins at 7 p.m.