We've heard it called Rocktober, and even Socktober, but this year we're celebrating Archtober. Presented by the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission (RIHPHC), Rhode Island Archaeology Month features a series of free events around the state, highlighting our rich archaeological heritage.

Rhode Island Archaeology Month

Providence history buffs can get hands-on at "Re-excavating the Old State House Parade Ground" on Oct. 7. Help sort and catalogue a collection of artifacts excavated from the site of an 18th-century house in 1974. Or visit various locations at Brown University for Community Archaeology Day on Oct. 14.

Additional statewide presentations include a series of events at Old Slater Mill, an exhibit featuring the HMS Gaspee, the archaeology of the URI campus and more.

Can't make it in person? There are even a couple of ongoing virtual exhibits for online viewing. For a full calendar and detailed descriptions of all events, visit the RIHPHC website.