12,000 Years Ago in the Granite State

Presenter: Robert Goodby

More than 12,000 years ago, small groups of Paleoindians endured frigid winters on the edge of a small river in what would become Keene, New Hampshire.  In 2009, an archaeological survey for the new Keene Middle School discovered the remains of their stay and brought to light one of the oldest Native American sites in New England. The remarkably intact site produced evidence of four separate dwellings containing over 200 stone tools and fragments of burned animal bone. These early people, rather than being isolated stone-age nomads, were part of a social network that extended across much of northeastern North America. The discovery and excavation of the site was required by the National Historic Preservation Act, a frequently maligned piece of legislation that in this instance worked to save an irreplaceable piece of the human story.


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Event Details


Monday, June 17, 2024 5:30pm


Whipple Hall
25 Seamans Road
New London NH 03257

Hosted By:

Lake Sunapee Region Center for the Arts

Contact Info:

Center for the Arts-Lake Sunapee Region, 844-564-2787