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Artifact: Excavating the Lost Gardens of Emily Dickinson

The image above shows artifacts collected by a team of UMass Amherst field school students under the direction of Archaeological Services (department of Anthropology) at the site of the Dickinson Homestead in Amherst, Massachusetts. The clay pipe (upper right) may date to the occupation of the property by Emily's grandfather or earlier. The team recovered these artifacts from deep within an excavation trench that identified the foundation of Emily Dickinson's conservatory. Over the past two years, Archaeological Services has uncovered and analyzed the foundation of what was once a small conservatory built for Emily and her sister Lavinia by their father, Edward Dickinson. The ongoing restoration of the Homestead's greenhouse and landscape is helping to shed new light on how Emily's knowledge and love of botany and plants informed and inspired her poetry. Learn more.

Image credit: Elizabeth Harlow and UMass Archaeological Services