7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)
Excavations at the new Keene Middle School site revealed the remains of four individual households from 12,000 years ago. Robert Goodby will discuss how these discoveries shed light on household organization, economy, technology, and social networks that extended hundreds of miles across northern New England at the end of the ice age.
Sponsored by the Old Berwick Historical Society, the program will be held at Berwick Academy's Jeppesen Science Center on Academy Street, and the public is invited. Refreshments will be served by volunteers.
Discovered as part of the permitting process for school construction in 2009, the 12,000 year old site, located on a high sandy terrace overlooking the Tenant Swamp, had lain undisturbed since early Native Americans, known as the Paleoindians, occupied this spot at the end of the ice age. The native Abenaki people of New Hampshire and Vermont played a central role in the history of New Hampshire's Monadnock region. In spite of this, little is known about these original inhabitants.
Archeologists worked seven days a week to excavate the site during the spring and summer of 2010. Their work revealed the traces of four structures, each with a diverse array of tools and evidence for specific activities related to hunting. Tools within the structure show where particular activities took place in the household.
Robert Goodby is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Franklin Pierce University, in Rindge. He holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Brown University, and has devoted his career to the study of Native American archaeological sites in New England. He is an executive board member of the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture at Franklin Pierce, where he founded and directs the Monadnock Archaeological Project, is a past president of the New Hampshire Archeological Society, and was recently appointed by New Hampshire Governor John Lynch to the newly-created New Hampshire Commission on Native American Affairs.