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Where the Watersheds Meet:

Archeology Month - Where the Watersheds Meet: Archeology Survey in Southwestern New Hampshire

Sunday May 2, 2021 3 - 4pm

Ellery Dowd, Benjamin Heaney, and Robert Goodby

More than 40 years ago, Dean Snow argued that Native Americans in New England interacted more within major river drainages than between them so that river

drainages became “geographic containers” while the areas separating drainages were

remote boundary lands. The campus of Franklin Pierce

University straddles the divide between the Merrimack and Connecticut River drainages and provides a setting to assess Snow’s model. Rather than a rocky upland, the drainage divide in this area is a patchwo

rk of woodlands, rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands that would have been an attractive location for Native settlement. Historical evidence, collections analysis, and excavations by Franklin Pierce University indicate this region has a long history of Native American occupation and was not a marginal area.

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