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A Quick Trip Through Time: The First 13,000 Years of Human History in New England

December 9, 2023 @ 1:00 PM2:15 PM

Also to be broadcast via Zoom:
To participate virtually, pre-register at friends@parkerriver.org
Details will be emailed to registrants on December 8

Native Americans first arrived in New England almost 13,000 years ago, appearing at a
time of rapid climate change as the last of the mammoths were dying off and caribou
roamed the grassy meadows and patchy coniferous forests of New England. From this
time to the present, they endured, adapted, and thrived, creating a home whose deep
are still remembered by Native people today.

Drawing from decades of archaeological research, Dr. Goodby discusses some of the
highlights and mysteries of this long history, including information from the rich
archaeological record of the Parker River and other estuaries along the Massachusetts-
New Hampshire border and a comparison of the two oldest sites in New England, the
Tenant Swamp site in Keene, New Hampshire, and the Bull Brook site in Ipswich,

Massachusetts, each occupied more than 12,000 years ago.

Dr. Goodby is a professor of Anthropology at Franklin Pierce University, holds a Ph.D. from Brown University, and has studied Native American archaeological sites in New England for 40 years.


December 9, 2023
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
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Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge


Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
6 Plum Island Turnpike
Newburyport, MA 01950 United States
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