By Bruce J. Bourque

New England archaeology has no longer consistently been everyone's cup of tea; purely past due within the Golden of nineteenth-century archaeology, as archaeology's concentration grew to become westward, did a couple of pioneers glance northward besides, inflicting a quick flurry of research and excavation. among 1892 and 1894, Charles C. Willoughby did a few exemplary excavations at 3 small burial websites in Bucksport, Orland, and Ellsworth, Maine, and made a few versions of that task for exhibition on the Chicago World's reasonable. those actions have been inspired by way of E Putnam, director of the Harvard Peabody Museum and head of anthropology on the "Columbian" Exposition. Even prior, one other director of the Peabody, Jeffries Wyman, spawned a few genuine curiosity within the shellheaps of the Maine coast, yet that didn't final very lengthy. Twentieth-century New England archaeology, in particular in Maine, was--for its first fifty years--rather low key too, with short-lived yet vital job by way of Arlo and Oric (a Bates Harvard scholar) sooner than global battle Later, I. one other Massachusetts establishment, the Peabody origin at Andover, took a few minor yet dependable steps towards additional knowing of the area's prehistoric earlier.

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