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Visitors observe as archaeologists investigate portions of the old Margaret Pillsbury Hospital in Concord during an Archeology Month dig demonstration. Courtesy photo.




More New Hampshire Archeology Month events

Open Archaeology Day 
Where: Huddleston Hall Room G16, University of New Hampshire, 73 Main St., Durham 
When: Friday, April 22, 1 to 4 p.m. 
What: The UNH Department of Anthropology invites the public to explore the field of archaeology through hands-on activities like stone tool knapping, mock excavation, ancient foodway sampling and atlatl throwing. 
Contact: Marieka Brouwer-Burg, marieka.brouwer-burg@unh.edu
 
Historic Cemetery Restoration 
Where: White Mountain National Forest Headquarters, 71 White Mountain Drive, Campton
When: Friday, April 22, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  
What: Learn about New Hampshire history and observe archaeological features while helping the White Mountain National Forest Heritage Program preserve an abandoned 19th-century farming neighborhood. Work involves cleaning headstones of lichen and moss and removing brush from the overgrown cemeteries. RSVP required.
Contact: Sarah Jordan, scjordan@fs.fed.us
 
NHAS Spring Meeting 
Where: Dartmouth College, North Main Street, Hanover 
When: Saturday, April 30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
What: A variety of presentations will run throughout the day.  
Visit: nhas.org/meetings.html
 
Lectures:
The Life of Lt. John Small of the 42nd Foot (Royal Highland Regiment)
Where: The Fort at No. 4, 267 Springfield Road, Charlestown
When: Saturday, April 23, 4 p.m. 
Contact: info@fortat4com
 
Recent Archaeological Discoveries at the Jackson House
Where: Langdon House, 143 Pleasant St., Portsmouth
When: Tuesday, April 26, 7 p.m. 
Contact: Linda Marshall, lmarshall@historicnewengland.org
 
Life and Trade within a Prehistoric Nicaraguan Agrarian Village
Where: Rounds Hall, Room 223, Plymouth State University, 17 High St., Plymouth
When: Thursday, April 28, 5 p.m. 
Contact: David Starbuck, dstarbuck@plymouth.edu
 
The Birth of the American Ranger 
Where: The Fort at No. 4, 267 Springfield Road, Charlestown
When: Saturday, April 30, 6 p.m. 
Contact: info@fortat4com




Diggin’ New Hampshire
Archeology Month highlights NH’s historic past

04/21/16
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 From lectures and demonstrations to hands-on activities and fun for kids, the New Hampshire Archeological Society has all kinds of special events planned for the remaining weeks of April’s New Hampshire Archeology Month.   

“The goal is to let the people of New Hampshire know that archaeology is out there in their own state,” said New Hampshire State Archaeologist Richard Boisvert. “Many people say, ‘We have archaeology here?’ They think it only occurs in Pompeii or Tucson or among the Maya. But there’s some really interesting and remarkable things that happened here.” 
Archeology Month is a statewide program, but there are several local events on the agenda. 
On Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., historical archaeologist Edna Feighner will lead an interactive search for the remains of the old one-room  Hoit Schoolhouse, which was located at what is now Bear Brook State Park, near the junction of Podunk Road and Bear Hill Road in Allenstown. (Email edna.feighner@dcr.nh.gov to register.) 
“There’s a lot of things that happened in that past that have no written history, so you have to rely on what is left behind,” Boisvert said. “We’re trying to make people aware of that to give them an appreciation of the historic past.” 
For families, SEE Science Center (200 Bedford St., Manchester, $8 per person age 3+) is hosting an archaeology day on Tuesday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
The organizer, Marika Labash, who is an archaeologist and a volunteer coordinator for the SEE Science Center, felt that Archeology Month should feature a kid-friendly program. 
“Engaging children in archaeology from a young age is so important for their understanding of history,” she said, “so I thought this would be an excellent opportunity and setting to bring archaeology to young people.” 
Younger kids can enjoy hands-on activities like decorating paper pottery with crayons and digging for artifacts in a sand tray, while older kids can try repairing a terracotta pot or watch a flint knapping demonstration. 
On Monday, May 2, and Tuesday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources will perform a demonstration dig in the parking lot of its office building (19 Pillsbury St., Concord). The excavation site is adjacent to the location where there was once a hospital building used to treat patients with communicable diseases. Onlookers will get to observe the digging process and view whatever objects are unearthed. 
“People spend a good deal of time going to national parks to see all these wonderful things, but we have that here as well,” Boisvert said. “New Hampshire is very rich and complex and has more to it than people realize. It’s a real discovery.” 





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