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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
Strawbery Banke Museum
Monadnock Archaeological Consulting, LLC
 Southern New Hampshire University
Hunter Research, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scheduled events:

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The 2013 Spring Meeting was held on Saturday, April 20th at Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester NH

Tuesday, April 2th
12,000 Years Ago in the Granite State
by Robert Goodby, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Franklin Pierce University

Sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council
Location:  Jennie Blake School Auditorium, 32 Crescent St., Hill, NH 7:00pm
Contact:  Hill Historical Society (603) 934-2531

Thursday, April 4th
Native American Archaeology in New Hampshire:  Retrospect and Prospect” by Richard Boisvert, NH State Archaeologist, NH Division of Historical Resources

Richard Boisvert, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer and NH State Archaeologist, will discuss the history of excavations in New Hampshire as they relate to the Abenaki people:  Where are they, who has performed the investigations, and what we have learned from them. This is part of a six-part history course sponsored by the NH Historical Society.
Location:  New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park Street, Concord, NH 6:30pm
Contact:  (603) 228-6688 or email sskenyon@nhhistory.org.
$15 for NH Historical Society members; $20 for non-members

Saturday, April 6th
“Pre-contact Occupation of the White Mountain National Forest
by Dan O’Toole Archaeologist and WMNF Archaeology Technician

Though more than one thousand historic sites have been recorded within the 800,000 acres of the White Mountain National Forest, only a few dozen of these sites have been documented as pre-contact. Are pre-contact archeological sites simply not common within the pronounced topography of the White Mountains, or are there other factors that make them particularly difficult or time-consuming to locate? Archaeologist and WMNF Archaeology Technician Dan O’Toole discusses the debates surrounding pre-contact occupation of and resource use within the White Mountains, and findings gleaned over the course of the past field season.
Location: The Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, NH 7:00pm
Fee: Suggested Donation of $5

Saturday, April 13th
"The Crown Point Road" by Historian John-Eric Nelson

Constructed during the French and Indian War, the Crown Point Road was intended to tie together the Fort at No. 4 and Fort Crown Point. What begins as a Native American pathway connecting the Connecticut River, “the long river”, with the Richelieu-Champlain-Hudson Corridor, turns into traffic corridor for not only troops and supplies moving between the two waterways, but a jumping off point for new farmsteads and townships. Today the Crown Point Road still connects Old No. 4 with the Champlain valley through a series of town roads, granite markers, stone cattle pens, and the occasional cellar hole. Historian John-Eric Nelson, who has the distinction of hiking the Crown Point Road end-to-end, takes a look at the history of the Crown Point Road its impact on the history of two valleys and the current efforts surrounding archaeological research and preservation of the road.
Location: The Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, NH 7:00pm
Fee: Suggested Donation of $2

Wednesday, April 17th
Workshop in drawing historic ceramic sherds, conducted by Kent Miller

How to scale and shade ceramic sherds and reconstructed vessels.  Artistic ability not required. No cost but space is limited.  Reservations required. 10am-Noon
Location: The Carter Collections Center, Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth, NH 
Contact:  Alexandra Martin, Strawbery Banke Archaeologist, amartin@strawberybanke.org, 603- 422-7521

Wednesday, April 17th
"Life in the Piscataqua in the 17th century:  The view from the Chadbourne Site" by Emerson Baker, Professor of History, Salem State University

Emerson "Tad" Baker is a professor of History at Salem State University. He is the award-winning author of numerous works on the history and archaeology of early New England.  From 1995 to 2007 Baker directed excavations at the Chadbourne Site (ca. 1643-1690) in South Berwick, Maine. The site was the center of activity for the Humphrey Chadbourne family, merchants and fur traders who ran a sizable farm as well as a saw mill.  Destroyed by a Native American raid during King William’s War, excavations focused on the substantial home, as well as several outbuildings. The architecture of the site as well as the more than 40,000 artifacts are providing important insights into life in the Piscataqua in the seventeenth century. 
Location: The Map Gallery of the New Hampshire State Library, 20 Park Street, Concord NH 6:00pm

Friday, April 19th
Project Archaeology: Investigating Shelter Teacher Workshop

Learn how the exciting field of archaeology can bring history, art, language, mathematics, social studies, and scientific inquiry to your classroom while meeting the Common Core State Standards. Project Archaeology: Investigating Shelter is a supplementary science and social studies curriculum guide for grades 3 through 5. Workshop participants will receive archaeology education guides published by Project Archaeology that take students through an archaeological investigation, including accounts from oral history, use of primary documents, and interpreting the archaeological record.
Guest speaker Dr. Richard Boisvert, NH State Archaeologist will give a presentation on archaeology in NH. After the workshop participants will be treated to a guided tour of Prescott Farm) where many of the historic features will be highlighted. This workshop is presented by the NH Division of Historical Resources, the State Conservation and Rescue Archaeology Program (SCRAP), and the NH Department of Transportation. Project Archaeology is sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management and Montana State University.
Location: Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center http://prescottfarm.org in Laconia, NH Click here for registration information

Friday, April 19th
Digging Into Native History in New Hampshire
by Robert Goodby, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Franklin Pierce University

Sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council
Location:  John D. Perkins School, 919 Rte. 10, Marlow, NH 1:00pm
Contact:  Lois Anne Foster (603) 446-7163

Saturday, April 20th. 
New Hampshire Archeological Society Spring Meeting

Hospitality Center, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH 9:30am-3pm Click here for agenda and directions

Saturday, April 20th
“12,000 Years Ago in the Granite State” by Robert Goodby, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Franklin Pierce University

Sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council
Location: Joseph Patch Library, 320 NH Rte. 25, Warren, NH 1:00 pm
Contact: Veronica Mueller 764-9072

Saturday, April 20th
The Portsmouth, NH, African-American Burial Ground” by
Dr. Kathleen Wheeler, Independent Archaeological Consulting, LLC, Portsmouth NH

This is part of the spring meeting of the Conference on New England Archaeology
Location:  Robert S. Peabody Museum, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA
More info:  http://www.cnea-web.org

Thursday, April 25th
Finding the First Granite Staters” by Richard Boisvert, NH State Archaeologist, NH Division of Historical Resources

Location:  Deerfield Town Hall, Deerfield, NH 7:00 pm
Contact:  Edie Kimball, (603) 463-7485

Saturday, April 27th
UNH Community Archaeology Day

The students of the course The Lost Campus:  The Archaeology of UNH (ANTH 444) invite the public to visit their excavation of the first train station in Durham (opened in 1841, moved in 1912).  Children are welcome must be accompanied by an adult.
Location:  UNH’s Great Lawn, at the intersection of Main Street and Edgewood Road, on the lawn bounded by Morrill and Demeritt Halls.  9am to 3pm.  (Back up date in case of rain:  May 4th, 9am to 3pm)
Contact:  UNH Anthropology Dept.  603-862-1864, or carolyn.stolzenburg@unh.ed

Monday, April 29th
Archaeology in Downtown Portsmouth: Discovering the Joshua Wentworth Privy” by Kathleen Wheeler, Director, Independent Archaeological Consulting, LLC

Location: Visitor Center, Strawbery Banke Museum
Fee: none
More info: www.iac-llc.net;  603 430-2970 or emarlatt@iac-llc.net