12,000 Years Ago in the Granite State on January 31

Dr. Goodby displays stone tools unearthed at the site of the new Keene Middle School.
(photo: New Hampshire Humanities)

Conventional histories often depict the first Europeans entering an uninhabited wilderness, rather than the homeland of people who had been here for hundreds of generations. However, the real depth of Native history was revealed when an archaeological dig prior to construction of the new Keene Middle School discovered traces of four structures dating to the end of the last Ice Age, each with a diverse array of stone tools and evidence of caribou hunting and hide processing. Undisturbed for 12,000 years, the site shed light on the economy, gender roles, and household organization of the Granite State’s very first inhabitants, and provided evidence of social networks that extended for hundreds of miles across New England.

Join Dr. Robert Goodby − lead archaeologist on the KMS dig and Professor of Anthropology at Franklin Pierce University − for a presentation on his findings from the edge of Tenant Swamp. Tuesday, January 31, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Keene Middle School Auditorium. For more information, please contact Brett Amy Thelen at (603) 358-2065 or thelen@harriscenter.org. Co-sponsored by the Harris Center, KMS, and New Hampshire Humanities.