Seacoast Online Reports on Robinson’s Archaeological Findings

Seacoast Online reported on recent archaeological findings on land protected by Seabrook Station nuclear power plant in New Hampshire by Brian Robinson, a professor of anthropology and quaternary and climate studies at the University of Maine. The 4,000-year-old artifacts, which range from fish bones to archaeological remnants of Native American huts, tell researchers about the lives of indigenous people, what they fished, and possibly why some fish species no longer exist in the Gulf of Maine, according to Robinson, who led a recent excavation. Robinson was accompanied by graduate students from UMaine and the University of Connecticut, and the team completed the excavation over the course of three weeks, according to the article. In the 1970s, Robinson and his team discovered human remains on the same site, which have since been returned to the Abenaki tribe, as well as swordfish remains, which indicated the species, now gone from the Gulf of Maine, was abundant 4,000 years ago, the article states. “We’re doing things we can do now that we could literally not do 40 years ago,” Robinson said. “We keep getting more and more precise perspectives and that takes increasingly precise work.”