Spring 2018

Document Type

Poster Session


Muskie School of Public Service


Nathan Hamilton PhD


The University of Southern Maine conducted two seasons of archaeological excavation at Malaga Island in 1991-1992 The field school was an American and New England class directed by Faith Harrington, PhD (Figures 1-5). The island exhibited significant 17th century activities associated with an early New England cod fishery. Earlier pre-contact deposits reveal Native American use during the Ceramic Period circa 1000 BP. This research focused on processing curated soil samples, constructing a digital catalog and database, and properly curating the excavated material. Several specialized analyses included smoking pipe stem & bowl analysis for dating deposits and application of X-Ray Fluorescence analysis of sediment for chemical patterns of select elements. The site was recently mapped to a detailed orthomosaicmap (Figure 6), highlighting excavation area and ecology.

Start Date

April 2018



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