Friday, July 22, 2011
Hopefully we will find some more surprising artifacts as we wrap up washing the artifacts!
Monday, July 11, 2011
Thanks to all of those who came out to help with the excavation!
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Tomorrow we hope for more great weather and another productive day!
Friday, June 24, 2011
The Strawbery Banke Archaeology Department is working with Dr. Peter Sablock and Dr. Jeanette Sablock of Salem State University who are leading a Geological Science class in conducting geophysical surveys (including ground penetrating radar). Beginning in May 2011, the students focused on the grounds of Puddle Dock. They ran transect lines and used equipment, some of which looked a little like push lawn mowers, traveling along Puddle Dock at regular established intervals. This operation is intended to be the first of several remote sensing surveys conducted at Strawbery Banke Museum over the next few years. Two other sites to be investigated in the future are the grounds of the Yeaton Walsh House and the grounds of the former Pecunis House, where a mikvah or Jewish ritual bath was located and used in the early 20th century.
We look forward to learning the results of their research!
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
We hope you have a great rest of the week and will see some of you on Monday!
Friday, June 17, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
The new NH Coordinators for Project Archaeology are Strawbery Banke's own Sheila Charles and Tanya Krajcik, the Records Coordinator of the NH Division of Historical Resources.
Project Archaeology's mission is to foster an "understanding of past and present cultures; improve social studies and science education; and enhance citizenship education to help preserve our archaeological legacy" (http://www.blm.gov/heritage/project_archaeology.htm).
This year, Project Archaeology will include one teacher workshop. The workshop will be held April 1, 2011 at the Nashua Historical Society from 9am to 4pm and is designed for teachers of 3rd-8th grade. Each participant will receive a copy of Intrigue of the Past: A Teacher's Activity Guide for Fourth Through Seventh Grades that includes 28 lesson plans, presentation by NH State Archaeologist Richard Boisvert, hands-on guidance through lessons including the process of archaeology and issues in preserving history, instruction in experimental techniques, information about New Hampshire's unique archaeological record, and many hands-on activities and classroom materials.
The cost of the workshop is $36, which includes the class book, Intrigues of the Past, a light breakfast and a catered lunch. All attendees must pre-register by March 15, 2011, and space is limited.
For information on registration and more program details, please visit the NH Project Archaeology Page. The program also has it's own NH Project Archaeology Blog.
Curran also conducted a Ground Penetrating Radar survey to create GIS maps to identify archaeologically sensitive areas around the Chase House, Hough House, Marshall Pottery, and Puddle Dock. The scans of a filled in foundation near the Marshall Pottery site may have revealed the location of a Jewish ceremonial Mikvah bath. The scans of Puddle Dock are being analyzed to determine the potential affects of tidal change of the water table.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
On Wednesday January 19th at noon (snow date will be the 21st), the Great Bay Discovery Center is hosting a Brown Bag Lunch Lecture with Strawbery Banke Museum’s Staff Archaeologist, Sheila Charles as speaker. Her talk will focus on the latest excavations of the outlying buildings on the site of the Chase House. The house constructed ca. 1762 was the first restored structure at the Strawbery Banke Museum and was the home of merchant Stephen Chase and his family for most of the 19th century. The dig has been conducted over the past three summers with many artifacts and archaeological discoveries made that will be used for public education and interpretation.
The program will be held in the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center and is free with no registration required. Drinks and dessert will be available so bring a lunch and join us for this lecture. For more information on this event or other programs, please call the Center at 603-778-0015. The Center is located at 89 Depot Road on the Greenland/Stratham town line just off Route 33. It is the educational facility for the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and is funded by NOAA and administered by NH Fish and Game Department.