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2012 Spring Meeting

was held on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at the John O'Leary Adult Community Center in Merrimack, NH

Download agenda from the Spring Meeting.

Speakers include::

“A Cautionary Tale of Converging Settlement Patterns and Roadside Sites” by Jake Tumelaire, Field Supervisor, Independent Archaeological Consulting, LLC, Portsmouth, NH

Synopsis: This talk will focus on two sites: the Little River/Noyes-Stevens site complex in Kingston and a newly discovered pre-Contact site along Route 293 in Manchester. IAC conducted testing of the Noyes-Stevens farmstead along Route 125 in 2006 and 2007. Investigation of the Euroamerican occupation revealed two pre-Contact sites adjacent to, and overlain by, the later Euroamerican component. The first half of the talk will address similar site selection criteria between ancient and historic peoples as well as the issues of proper awareness and recognition of pre-Contact artifacts and features during excavations of an Euroamerican site. The second half of the presentation will focus on a recently exposed pre-Contact site along Rte. 293 in Manchester, discovered by IAC in 2011. Apparently heavily disturbed and surrounded to all sides by elements of the highway and its ramp system, testing nonetheless identified intact soils and shallow artifact deposits. Issues for discussion include caution when sensitizing developed areas based on current conditions, effects and scope of modern disturbances and techniques for testing urban locations.

“Urban Archaeology in Downtown Portsmouth” by Kathleen Wheeler, Ph. D., Independent Archaeological Consulting, LLC, Portsmouth, NH

Synopsis: In 2010, IAC conducted urban archaeology in downtown Portsmouth on Hanover Street, just west of the Hilton Garden Inn.  This high-visibility project required archaeology for Section 106 compliance.  Although 19th-century maps showed the area as relatively undeveloped until the late 1800s, IAC encountered four privies, two of which were well preserved and systematically excavated.  Both of these dated to the 18th century, requiring us to rethink the settlement history of the neighborhood.  We found one privy had a bottle cache, with one wine bottle with a glass blob seal, impressed with Joshua Wentworth 1773.  The second privy contained leather shoes, Westerwald, and English white salt-glazed stoneware, and other high-end cultural materials.

“All kinds of country pursuits: Archaeology at the Barrett House, New Ipswich, NH,” by Martha Pinello, Principal Investigator, Monadnock Archaeological Consulting, LLC

Synopsis: The Barrett House in New Ipswich, NH (27-HB-156) served as a family home from 1800 until it was donated to Historic New England in 1948.   A drainage system upgrade for the Barn and House necessitated archaeological testing. Archival research documented an enslaved woman and immigrant and native born women providing domestic tasks and the existence of extended family households over five generations. Archaeological investigations revealed a complex history of landscape changes. The stratigraphic analysis has determined the post Civil War building projects drastically changed the landscape associated with the house, barns and sheds. The artifact collection includes objects from the 18th to the 20th century.

“The Early Woodland Period along the New Hampshire Seacoast,” by Brian Valimont, MA New England Archaeology Co., Newton, NH

Synopsis: This talk will focus on archaeological investigations at the recently discovered Beckman Woods site in Seabrook, NH is providing insight into the Early Woodland Period along the New Hampshire seacoast.  Beckman Woods is the only single component, Early Woodland Period site that has been well documented in this area.  Our previous understanding of the Early Woodland Period has been gleaned from multi-component sites like Rock’s Road and Hunt’s Island.  Unfortunately, clear separation of the Early Woodland component from the other site components was not achieved at these unstratified, multicomponent sites.  Therefore, single component sites will prove to be critical in reconstructing past chronological, subsistence and settlement patterns in areas like the New Hampshire seacoast where clear separation of components is often difficult to achieve.

"The History of the Weeks Act and the White Mountain National Forest: a Century-long Conservation Legacy" by Terry Fifield, Heritage Program Leader & Tribal Liaison, White Mountain National Forest, Campton, NH.

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Click here for speaker list and minutes of the 2011 Annual Meeting