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Sponsors of Archeology Month
in New Hampshire include:

New Hampshire Archeological Society

NH Department of Transportation

NH Division of Historical Resources

Independent Archaeological Consulting LLC

Mt Kearsarge Indian Museum

Monadnock Archaeological Consulting LLC

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Special Event:

“Coping with Climate Change 12,000 years ago: An Archaeologist Perspective”

Thursday, April 20th, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Mill Yard Museum, Manchester, NH

The New Hampshire Archeological Society and the Mill Yard Museum will host a lecture by State Archaeologist, Richard Boisvert, PhD on Thursday, April 20th, at 6:30 pm in honor of Archeology Month. Please join us for a lecture titled: “Coping with Climate Change 12,000 years ago: An Archaeologist Perspective”

Following global warming at the end of the Pleistocene there was a severe and abrupt return to near glacial climate across the whole Northern Hemisphere. The effects on plant, animal and human populations were profound and unique. This was when people first came to the Northeast and their adaptations to the changing climate are nothing short of remarkable.

The Mill Yard Museum is located at 200 Bedford Street, Manchester, NH.
For more information call (603) 622-7531 or email: history@manchesterhistoric.org.
Free and open to the public.


Scheduled events:

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New Hampshire Archeological Society
2017 Spring Meeting

will be held on
Saturday, April 29th, 2017
at the American-Canadian Genealogical Society
4 Elm Street
Manchester NH

Agenda will be posted in early April

See Meetings page for more details


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Saturday, April 1st
Open Archaeology and Anthropology Day at the University of New Hampshire
***Rescheduled to Saturday, April 8th (see below)***

Tuesday, April 4th 5:00 pm.
What's in Those Artifacts? Compositional Analysis of Ancient Nicaraguan Ceramics”
Presented by Hannah Dutton. Plymouth State University Lecture Series. Rounds Hall, Room 223, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH, 03264. For more info: David Starbuck, Department of Social Sciences, 535-3076 or email dstarbuck@plymouth.

Wednesday, April 5th 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
An Introduction to Archaeological Practices in New Hampshire”
Loudon Community Building (also known as Charlie's Barn), the big white building behind the Town Clerk's Office at 29 South Village Road in Loudon NH. A Powerpoint presentation will show how professional and avocational archaeologists uncover clues about the people who lived in what is now New Hampshire us, going back over 12,000 years. There will also be a flintknapping demonstration (making arrowheads out of stone). All are welcome and there is no admission charge. More info: Michele York, 603-783-4129 or email michele.york1966@gmail.com

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Saturday, April 8th, 1:00 to 4:00 pm. (** NEW DATE **)
Open Archaeology and Anthropology Day at the University of New Hampshire
Huddleston Hall Room G16, 73 Main Street, Durham NH.
The Dept. of Anthropology at UNH will host its fourth annual Open Archaeology Day. All are welcome to come and explore the field of archaeology through a series of hands-on activities, including stone tool knapping (or flaking), mock excavation, ancient foodway sampling, and atlatl (spear) throwing. More info: Dr. Marieka Brouwer-Burg, email marieka.brouwer-berg@unh.edu , or Samantha Berman, email seb2005@wildcat.unh.edu

Sunday, April 9, 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
Pre-Contact Ceramics Workshop
New Hampshire State Archaeology Lab, 99 Airport Road, Concord, NH (Enter by the wooden handicap access ramp). The workshop will be led by archaeologist Karen Mack of TRC Inc. She is an expert in ceramics from the Northeast , having graduated from UNH and the University of Maine with degrees in Anthropology and having extensive field experience in New England. The workshop is free and open to all, however registration is necessary as space is limited. Please register with Richard Boisvert, State Archaeologist: email richard.a.boisvert@dcr.nh.gov or by call 603-271-6433.

Sunday, April 9, 2:00 to 3:00 pm.
Carter Center Archaeology Lab Open House at Strawbery Banke Museum
14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth NH. Hear updates from Strawbery Banke archaeologist Alix Martin on recent excavations, including the investigation of an early 20th century mikveh (Jewish ritual bath). Check out recently uncovered artifacts and enjoy snacks before the movie. More info: www.strawberybanke.org/collections/archaeology.cfm.

Sunday, April 9, 3:00 to 4:00 pm.
Screening of The Shvitz in the Carter Center Rowland Gallery
This 1993 documentary takes us inside of the last traditional Russian bath houses in the US. The film features the East Village's Tenth Street Russian & Turkish Baths and a Russian bath house in Passaic, NJ, which according to old-timers, was converted from a mikveh. The community and customs of Russian bath houses are preserved in this documentary by director Jonathan Berman. Free and open to the public. More info: www.strawberybanke.org/collections/archaeology.cfm.

Tuesday, April 11, 5:00 pm.
Underwater Investigation of Lagoons in Chiapas, Mexico, Associated with the Maya”
Presented by Dr. S.R. Paling. Plymouth State University, Rounds Hall Room 223, Plymouth, New Hampshire. More info: David Starbuck at 535-3076 or email dstarbuck@plymouth.edu. Free and open to the public.

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Tuesday, April 18, 5:00 pm.
Peopling of the Americas: A View from On Your Knees Cave in southeastern Alaska: 10,000 Years of Continuity on the Northwest Coast.”
Presented by Terry Fifield, Retired, USDA Forest Service. Plymouth state University, Rounds Hall Room 223, Plymouth New Hampshire. More info: David Starbuck at 535-3076 or email dstarbuck@plymouth.edu. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 20, 6:30 pm.
Coping with Climate Change 12,000 years ago: An Archaeologist Perspective.”
Presented by Richard Boisvert, State Archaeologist. Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester NH. More info: (603) 622-7531, or email: history@manchesterhistoric.org. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, April 25, 5:00 pm.
Elusive Mills in the Lamprey River”
Presented by Dr. Victoria Bunker, President of Victoria Bunker Inc. Plymouth State University, Rounds Hall Room 223, Plymouth New Hampshire. More info David Starbuck at 535-3076 or dstarbuck@plymouth.edu. Free, open to the public.

Saturday, April 29, 10:00am to 3:00pm.
New Hampshire Archeological Society Spring Meeting.
American-Canadian Genealogical Society, 4 Elm Street, Manchester NH.
Watch the NHAS website (www.nhas.org) for more details. Open to the public; admission charge.


Other events in New Hampshire:

Monday, May 1.
Opening day for 2017. Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Warner, NH, 03278.
For more information including hours, prices, and other details, please visit the museum’s website www.indianmuseum.org or call (603) 456-2600.

Wednesdays during April
Archaeological Research at Wyman's Tavern built in1762. (11:00am to 3:00pm)

The Ball Mansion, 246 Main St., Keene NH. The Historical Society of Cheshire County invites anyone interested in archaeology to stop by to talk with the archaeology team researching the Wyman Tavern. Since 2013 Martha Pinello has led a team of professional archaeologists and community volunteers researching, excavating and analyzing the Wyman Tavern. Hands-on and suitable for adults and children. More info: HSCC at 603-352-1895, or email dired@hsccnh.org

Tuesday to Saturday every week
Woven in Time: 11,000 Years at Amoskeag Falls, A permanent exhibit at the Millyard Museum.
(10:00 am to 4:00 pm.)
Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester NH. Admission charge.

See stone tools of the PaleoIndians who fished at Amoskeag Falls thousands of years ago, learn how raw cotton was made into cloth during the Industrial Revolution, and stroll under the lighted arches of Elm Street during its heyday. Learn how the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company developed its famous “mile of mills” and how it shaped Manchester into the largest planned city in New England. Discover what life was like for the people who came here from many different countries to start new lives. The city’s stories are told through displays of original artifacts, documents and photographs, murals, and multi-media presentations. More info: (603) 622-7531, or history@manchesterhistoric.org

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Other Archeological Events Happening Around New England in April

Saturday, April 15th, 10:00 am. to 4:00 pm.
USM's 11th Annual Knap-in Event

University of Southern Maine, Gorham Campus (3rd floor Bailey Hall), Gorham Maine

The USM’s Geography-Anthropology Student Association will host a Knap-in. Activities include flintknapping (making stone tools), atlatl throwing, geocaching, nature tours, orienteering, sand box archaeology, cave art drawing, presentations, and more! Professional flint knappers will be on site teaching the craft of stone toolmaking, while professors and students from geography, anthropology, archaeology and environmental science will be presenting an array of research subjects. Additionally, student research and archaeological materials will be on display. Free and open to the public. More info: email Janice.m.pratt@maine.edu

Saturday, April 22.
Council on New England Archaeology Annual Meeting

Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine, Portland ME.

Presentations addressing Archaic period materials and interpretations as a way of paying homage to two giants in our field that we lost recently-- Brian Robinson and Dena Dincauze. We have invited a panel of speakers for an afternoon session on the state of archaeology in the Northeast Poster session. More info: email cnea.membership@gmail.com

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Archive of Events from past New Hampshire Archeology Month:

Archeology Month 2016
Archeology Month 2015
Archeology Month 2014
Archeology Month 2013
Archeology Month 2012