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2015 Annual Meeting

Saturday, October 3, 2015
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
John O'Leary Adult Community Center. 
4 Church St
Merrimack, NH

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The society’s Annual Meeting was held on October 3rd at the John O’Leary Adult Community Center in Merrimack NH. Our thanks to Mike Malburne, 2nd Vice President of the society, for arranging this venue. Attendees heard presentations on a wide range of topics.

Alexandra Martin, Archaeologist at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, spoke on the museum’s historic archeology program, using the 2015 field school as a springboard to discuss the process of archeology at the museum (historical research, fieldwork, and lab work) and the uses of what was learned: interpretation, reconstruction, and education. The focus of this year’s field school was on the circa 1800 Yeaton-Walsh House, currently undergoing rehabilitation through the museum’s Heritage House Program. The field school served as a recovery effort to mitigate the disturbances of rehabilitation (i.e., repairing the deteriorating foundation and diggingfor new pipes and wiring). The artifacts recovered ranged from mid-18th century to early 20th

Cory Atkinson, Dept. of Anthropology, Binghamton University NY, spoke on an analysis of Paleoindian scrapers from the Corditaipe Site in central New York. He pointed out the shortcomings of the widely-used term “spurred end scraper” as a category descriptor. Hecautioned that it is not rigorously defined, can’t be shown to reflect the maker’s intent or therange of variables that effect the shape of a scraper, and therefore restricts our understanding of that particular Paleoindian technology.

Matthew Labbe, Project Manager for Monadnock Archaeological Consulting, spoke on the canals constructed along the Merrimack River built between Concord and Nashua between 1811 and 1813 to make the river navigable as far upstream as Concord. Scattered physical evidence, both archeological and architectural, remains of these canals and the buildings associated withthem. Some of this evidence has been preserved but some is threatened.

Dick Boisvert, State Archaeologist, NH Division of Historical Resources, spoke on the 2015 SCRAP field school in Holderness on a property where the family had collected artifacts in thegarden throughout much of the 20th century. Located between Big Squam and Little SquamLakes, the site was ideally suited to take advantage of aquatic resources. The site proved to have both Archaic and Woodland components, was essentially undisturbed, and has potential forfurther research.

Members of the Executive Board Marika Labash and Bruce Rusch were both re-elected to three-year terms. A new event at society meetings was a raffle as a fund raiser for portable educationaldisplays. George Leduc, 1st Vice President of the society and an accomplished flintknapper, donated one of the projectile points he had made; the Executive Board donated six guest passes to the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum that came to the society through our membership in that institution. The raffle raised $90 and was considered a success.



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