Reconnect at Octoberfest!

The NHAS is passing along the announcement by Mark Doperalsky, NH State Archaeologist, and Meghan Howey, Professor of Anthropology at UNH, of their upcoming annual fall Octoberfest projects. Here is an opportunity to get in one more round of fieldwork and reconnect with friends and colleagues.

2018 UNH excavations

Meg and Mark invite you to join them at one or both locations.

On Thursday, October 3rd through Sunday, October 6th, from 9 AM to 4:30 PM, DHR staff will lead an archaeological survey of a well-drained terrace overlooking the Suncook River (see attached document) in Bear Brook State Park (BBSP). The goal being to identify pre-contact Native American deposits. We are currently negotiating for some campsites within the BBSP campground (hopefully complimentary). More details to come on the lodging front. On Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19, from 9 AM to 4:30 PM, UNH/Great Bay Archaeological Survey (GBAS) staff will lead an archaeological investigation at the First Parish Site in Dover, New Hampshire. The investigation will focus on a final assessment of a clay feature/possible floor that was discovered this past summer.

If you plan on participating in the Bear Brook State Park project Please RSVP to on or before Friday, September 20. Please  indicate which days you plan to participate and also indicate whether or not you would like to camp overnight at the park.

If you plan on participating in the First Parish Site project in Dover, Please RSVP to on or before Friday, September 20 and indicate which days you plan to participate. 

Feel free to pass along this notification to other interested parties; however, please note that SCRAP Octoberfest archaeological investigations are for individuals who have previously participated in an archaeological field school or have gained the equivalent experience.

The DHR & UNH/GBAS staff are excited for the opportunity to get out in the field with you all this fall.


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