Tue, Mar 09 | RingCentral Webinar

Tales from the Dirt: Archaeology and Dover Point’s Diverse Early Colonial Landscape

A presentation by Diane Fiske and Dr. Meghan Howey
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Tales from the Dirt: Archaeology and Dover Point’s Diverse Early Colonial Landscape

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Mar 09, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
RingCentral Webinar

About the Event

Historical records are important for  understanding the earliest days of settler colonialism in New Hampshire, but they were written from a dominant, Euro-centric, often biased perspective. The materials people discard and leave behind offers an  important line of evidence into what went on that didn’t make it into the history books. We present on our research on the early colonial landscape of Dover Point, exploring archaeology’s insights into a diversity of lives and experiences that were not captured fully in written documents, including Indigenous peoples, enslaved Africans, and indentured Scots.

Diane Fiske has served as Historian of First Parish Church in Dover, New  Hampshire since 2010, preserving the early church and town records in  the church archives, sharing the stories they tell with all who are interested, and providing genealogical information to those whose  ancestors were early church members. She also serves as a volunteer  transcriptionist of colonial church records for the Hidden Histories Project of the Congregational Library in Boston, MA. Her involvement with Archaeology began in 1993 as a volunteer with the New Hampshire SCRAP Program, and grew into her present position as Historical  Researcher for the Great Bay Archaeological Survey (GBAS) Project with UNH in which she conducts extensive early colonial records research (deeds, probates, etc.) to help GBAS identify target 17th century sites for survey and excavation. Before she retired in 2010, she worked as a legal assistant for the McLane Law Firm in Manchester and  Portsmouth, NH.

Dr. Meghan Howey is an anthropological archaeologist specializing in landscape archaeology and interdisciplinary approaches to deep-time coupled human natural systems. She is a Professor in the Anthropology Department and the Earth Systems Research Center at UNH. Meghan has  conducted research in North America, Europe, and East Africa. Currently, Dr. Howey is directing the Great Bay Archaeological Survey (GBAS), a community-engaged and interdisciplinary archaeology program exploring the 17th and early 18th century landscapes of the Great Bay Estuary right here in New  Hampshire. She is interested in how this early colonial period can help  us better understand our place in the Anthropocene today. This work is supported by the James H. Hayes and Claire Short Hayes Professor of the Humanities and an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship.

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