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Archeology in NH

Archeology student With 10,000 years of New Hampshire history to uncover, the first statewide organization devoted to archeology was founded just fifty years ago. Before that, as early as 1790 and throughout the 1800s, private enthusiasts showed interest in collecting Native American "relics." Beginning in 1930 a number of well documented amateur excavations were conducted on prehistoric sites in Manchester and along the Merrimack River.

The birth of the NHAS in 1947 provided a central body where professional archeologists, enthusiasts and the merely curious could work together, preserving NH's past. There were 48 members by 1950 when annual dues were only a dollar. Back then, excavators might even have taken home the artifacts they collected! Today, a fully scientific approach is in place. Under the leadership of Howard Sargent, Eugene Winter and others, the society grew and established itself as a dependable professional organization, both for its field work and annual publications that now form the key data on New Hampshire archeology.

In 50 years, NHAS members have conducted scores of field studies and frequently combined forces with NH colleges, the state university, and others. With the onset of state environmental legislation, and with the assistance of the NHAS, a position of NH state archeologist was created in 1976. That, in turn, led to the formation of a state-funded field school nicknamed "SCRAP," that conducts an annual six-week excavation on a local historic or prehistoric site.

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Be a NHAS Member

You are invited to join NHAS, a nonprofit agency No experience is necessary, only the desire to learn more about NH history and the willingness to preserve its archeological record. Our members include students, business and retired persons, teachers, both avocational and professional archeologists. If you also wish to volunteer for field or lab work, we look forward to your energy and enthusiasm.

As a member you will receive:

  • The New Hampshire Archeologist
    our journal filled with detailed articles
  • The NHAS Newsletter
    with updates on NH archeology news, events, lectures, publications, field schools & more
  • Invitation to NHAS spring & fall meetings
    that include top speakers, discussion, chance to see artifacts and make a difference in NH

Just print the accompanying form, attach your membership dues and mail today. Be a part of NH's past -- and its future!

This web page has been authorized by the NH Archeological Society, a nonprofit institution. All funds raised through membership and sale of publications go directly to the NHAS.

Photo Courtesy NH Division of Historical Resources
©1997 All rights reserved.

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Back issues are available through at $15 each, including USPS book rate shipping. To order, click to form. Mail check with your selections. Order now. Quantities are limited. Allow 4 weeks for delivery.

Vol. 35 1995

(1) Using Historical Archeology to Rewrite Myth of the "Poor Widow:" and Example from Nineteenth Century Portsmouth, NH
(2) The History of Archeology at Strawbery Banke Museum
(3) The Historic Archeology of Deer Street, Portsmouth, NH:A Feature Presentation
(4) Native American Ceramics from the Rock's Road Site, Seabrook, NH
(5) Jasper Flakes and JacK's Reef Points; Speculation on Interregional Exchange in Late Woodland Times in Colonial NH
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Vol. 33/34 1994

Antionette Cereillo Howe Memorial Issue
(1) Introduction to NH Archeology
(2) Volunteerism in NH Archeology
(3) NH's Landscape and Environoment
(4) NH's Prehistoric Settlement and Culture Chronology
(5) NH Paleo-Indian Research at the Whipple Site
(6) The Peopling of the Upper Connecticut River Valley
(7) The Pennacook Lands and Relations: An Ethnography
(8) Historical Archeology in NH
(9) Nautical Archeology in Hart's Cove
(10) Industrial Archeology: A Survey of Industrial Archeology in NH
(11) Appendix I: A Guide to NH Sites and Collections
(12) Appendix II: Index to NH Archologist: 1950-1991
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Vol. 32 1991

General Submission issue
(1) The Archeology of a 1776 Cantonment of NH Regiments
(2) The Dennis Farm Site: Late and Final Woodland Utilization of an Upland Location
(3) The Lewis Walpole Site
(4) Argillite Workshops in Tamworth, NH
(5) The Maurice Yeaton Farm Site, NH
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Vol. 31 1990

Canterbury Shaker Village: Archeology and Landscape (163 pps., 67 plates, 95 figures) A benchmark work by David R. Starbuck documents the results of seven years of work at one of the most intact Shaker villages in America, established in 1792.
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Vol. 30 1989

America's First Summer Resort: John Wentworth's 18th Century Plantation in Wolfeboro, NH (129 pps., 81 plates, 23 figures) A significant monograph that details life in the governor's mansion.
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Vol. 29 1988

Focus on the Merrimack Valley
(1) Two Woodland Components in Litchfield, NH
(2) The Beaver Meadow Brook Site: Prehistory on the West Bank at Sewall's Falls, Concord, NH
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Vol. 28 1987

General Submission Issue
(1) Geological Factors Important in Archeological Interpretations in the Merrimack Valley, NH
(2) A Preliminary Report on the Rocks Road Site (Seabrook Station): Late Archaic to Contact Period Occupation in Seabrook, NH
(3) NH Coastal Sites Survery
(4) The Jim Dodge Site
(5) A Bibliography of NH Archeology
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Vol. 27 1986

The New England Glassworks: New Hampshire's Boldest Experiment in Early Glassmaking
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© 1997 NH Archeological Society

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