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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 31, 2016

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136
shelly.angers@dcr.nh.gov
Twitter: @NHCulture

NH’s Archeology Month digs into Rome, Pompeii, Alaska, a NH privy – and more

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 2016.

Archeology Month’s goals include highlighting the field’s broad range of study and creating interest in archaeology locally, nationally and internationally.

Hands-on events this year include a search for the remains of the Hoit Schoolhouse at Bear Brook State Park, a two-day field school at the former Margaret Pillsbury General Hospital’s Foster Ward site in Concord, cemetery maintenance in the White Mountain National Forest, the excavation of a 100-year-old privy at the Deerfield Town Hall, Archaeology Day events at the SEE Science Center and the University of New Hampshire, and an Archeology Month celebration at Strawbery Banke Museum.

A series of lectures throughout the month will describe archaeological findings worldwide, including Rome and Pompeii, at a prehistoric village in Nicaragua and at Native American claims in Alaska. Several other presentations will focus on archaeological studies in New Hampshire at the Isles of Shoals, in Holderness, Portsmouth, Charlestown, Keene and at Shaker sites in Enfield and Canterbury.

“Interest in New Hampshire Archeology Month grows each year, and so does the variety of programming that’s offered,” said Dr. Richard Boisvert, N.H. state archaeologist. “It’s exciting to see everyone from elementary school students to retirees participating and learning more about how intricate – and fun – archaeology is.”

New Hampshire Archeology Month 2016 is sponsored by the New Hampshire Archeological Society, the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, New Hampshire Fish and Game, Mt. Kearsarge Museum, Strawbery Banke Museum, Landmark Archaeology, Independent Archaeological Consulting and Monadnock Archaeological Consulting.

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 nh.gov/nhdhr or call 603-271-3483.

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