Nate Hamilton-Smuttynose IslandApril 22- 7:30 pm (Berwick Academy) - "Stewardship and Archaeological Heritage on Smuttynose Island, Isles of Shoals” – Join Nathan Hamilton for a presentation of the Shoals Marine Laboratory sponsored excavations of the 17th and 18th century historic period fishing station and Haley family operation. The project has focused on recovery and analysis of marine and coastal animal remains.

This lecture will be held Thursday evening, April 22, at 7:30 pm at Berwick Academy’s Jeppesen Science Center on Academy Street. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

The Shoals Marine Laboratory in conjunction with the Smuttynose Island Stewards Program has supported two field seasons of archaeological excavation on Smuttynose Island. During the summers of 2008 and 2009 excavations delimited a large prehistoric Native American site, below deep stratified historic period deposits. The 17th century historic period fishing station is well represented, as is the “1770-1840's” Haley operations and the hotel activities of the Leighton family’s “Mid-Ocean House”.

Nathan D. Hamilton, Ph.D., of the Dept. of Geography-Anthropology, is an Associate Professor of Archaeology at USM. He completed his Ph.D. in Anthropology on Prehistoric Maritime Adaptation in Western Maine at the University of Pittsburgh. His graduate studies focused on Latin America and he held a Rea Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. His research interests include evolution of Gulf of Maine and Peruvian coastal environments, faunal analysis and prehistoric diet, and studies of ethnicity with textiles and basketry production among communities in the Virgin Islands as well as Quechua speaking peoples of the Peruvian Andes.


Members of the public are invited to participate in the excavation at Smuttynose by enrolling in the non-credit workshop “Island Archaeology” offered by the Shoals Marine Laboratory. Full details are at:

This event is part of the Old Berwick Historical Society's 2010 series of talks, walks and historical events. The series, supported by a grant from Kennebunk Savings Bank, includes seven monthly evening presentations as well as other local history events around South Berwick, including the society's Counting House Museum.

More information on all the Old Berwick Historical Society's programs is available at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by calling (207) 384-0000.


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