Thursday, October 25, 2012

12,000 years ago in the Granite State

Dr. Robert Goodby
Merrimack Public Library welcomes Dr. Robert Goodby, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Franklin Pierce University, who will present 12,000 Years Ago in the Granite State, on Wednesday, November 7, at 7 pm. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Merrimack Public Library with a grant from the NH Humanities Council.

Though native Abenaki people played a central role in the history of the Monadnock region, little is known about them, and conventional histories often depict the first Europeans entering an untamed, uninhabited wilderness, rather than the homeland of people who had been there for hundreds of generations. The real depth of Native history was revealed when an archaeological study prior to construction of the new Keene Middle School discovered traces of four structures dating to the end of the Ice Age. Undisturbed for 12,000 years, the site revealed information about the economy, gender roles, and household organization of the Granite State’s very first inhabitants, as well as evidence of social networks that extended for hundreds of miles across northern New England. As well as teaching, Dr. Goodby directs the Monadnock Archaeological Project, a long-term study of Native American sites and history in the Monadnock region.

Adults and teens will enjoy this event. For planning purposes, registration is suggested by visiting our online calendar, emailing, or calling us at 424-5021.



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