FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 31, 2014
Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
‘Brush up on Archeology’ this April in NH
The New Hampshire Archeological Society, in partnership with the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, has announced its listing of events taking place during April’s New Hampshire Archeology Month 2014.
This year’s theme, “Brush up on Archeology,” brings a focus on archaeology education, including the many disciplines involved in being an archaeologist and the wide variety of cultures and time periods archaeologists study.
“Despite what’s portrayed in Indiana Jones movies, archaeology isn’t adrenaline-fueled treasure hunting. It’s a scientific field that relies on anthropology, botany, chemistry, geography, geology, history, linguistics, physics, zoology and more,” said Dr. Richard Boisvert, N.H. state archaeologist.
“Uncovering artifacts is only part of archaeology. The real find is discovering more about how people lived their lives, whether in the past century or a hundred thousand years ago,” said Boisvert.
Throughout April, professional archaeologists will give presentations across the state, addressing such diverse topics as Shaker archaeology, the history of the Crown Point Road, the origins of Mayan ideology, how new archaeology is changing old history, and Paleo-Indian culture in New Hampshire.
Additional events include a museum exhibit about Manchester’s mills, behind the scenes tours at Strawbery Banke and a demonstration dig outside of the Division of Historical Resources office building in Concord, which was originally part of the Margaret Pillsbury Hospital complex.
New Hampshire Archeology Month 2014 is sponsored by the New Hampshire Archeological Society, the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Hunter Research, Independent Archaeological Consulting, Landmark Archaeology, Monadnock Archaeological Consulting, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum and Strawbery Banke Museum.
A complete listing of New Hampshire Archeology Month events is available at nhas.org/archmth.html.
New Hampshire’s Division of Historical Resources, the “State Historic Preservation Office,” was established in 1974. The historical, archaeological, architectural and cultural resources of New Hampshire are among its most important environmental assets. 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 www.nh.gov/nhdhr or call 603-271-3483.