FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 8, 2013
Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
Colonial Seacoast settlement subject of April 17 archaeology lecture
The archaeological findings of an early colonial settlement on the seacoast will be the topic of New Hampshire Archeology Month 2013’s keynote lecture. “Life in the Piscataqua in the 17th Century: The View from the Chadbourne Site” takes place April 17, 6 p.m. at the New Hampshire State Library, 20 Park St., Concord.
Emerson “Tad” Baker, a professor at Salem State University, led excavations at the Chadbourne site from 1994 – 2007 and will deliver the lecture.
First occupied in 1643 and destroyed in the Salmon Falls Raid of 1690, the Chadbourne settlement included a substantial homestead, trading post and saw mill complex. More than 40,000 artifacts, including axes, saw blades, spoons and musket balls have been recovered at the site, as well as pottery fragments from England, France, Spain, Portugal and Mexico.
“The Chadbourne site is one of the best preserved and most studied sites in the Piscataqua region,” said Baker. “It is an archaeological time capsule – a rare opportunity to gain insight into the daily life of the first generation of European settlers.”
Baker has directed archaeological excavations on many colonial sites in northern New England. He was a lead consultant and on-camera expert for the Emmy-nominated PBS series “Colonial House” and has also appeared on the History Channel and National Geographic Channel. His most recent book, “The Devil of Great Island: Witchcraft and Conflict in Early New England,” is set principally in a New Hampshire tavern in 1682.
New Hampshire Archeology Month 2013 is sponsored by the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources, the New Hampshire Archeological Society, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Strawbery Banke Museum, Independent Archaeological Consulting, Monadnock Archaeological Consulting, Southern New Hampshire University and Hunter Research.
New Hampshire's Division of Historical Resources, the State Historic Preservation Office, was established in 1974. The historical, archaeological, architectural, engineering and cultural resources of New Hampshire are among the most important environmental assets of the state. Historic preservation promotes the use, understanding and conservation of such resources for the education, inspiration, pleasure and enrichment of New Hampshire’s citizens. For more information, visit us online at www.nh.gov/nhdhr or by calling (603) 271-3483.