2017 Student Research Conference:
30th Annual Student Research Conference

Archaeology in Maine: Harriman Point

Leslie C. Hickman
Dr. Amber Johnson, Faculty Mentor

This paper presents findings from an archaeological dig in Brooklin, Maine in the summer of 2015 at a site called Harriman Point. The study focuses on settlers’ culture and lifestyle in Downeast Maine from 1760-1820, as this is a period insufficiently covered through historical documentation. The initial purpose of this study was to compare the livelihoods of settlers with with different social classes, however, surprisingly few artifacts were unearthed. This prompted the researchers involved to draw unexpected conclusions about the area, such as supposing what was initially perceived as the foundation of a large home to be no more than a dumping ground for rocks. This paper will lead the reader through Harriman Point’s excavation, from the history of Downeast Maine, the methods used in its execution, and an interpretation of its findings.

Keywords: archaeology, downeast Maine, settlers, history, colonial life


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 411-2
Location: VH 1320
Time: 2:45

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