Date of Award

2018

Document Type

Poster Session

Department

Muskie School of Public Service

Advisor

Nathan Hamilton PhD

Abstract

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.

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