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Archaeologists to Study N.H.’s Native American and Industrial Past at Livermore Falls

Robert Garrova for NHPR
N.H. Division of Historical Resources archaeologist David Trubey holds up a map of the Granite State's archaeological sites.

Archaeologists with the New Hampshire Department of Historical Resources say recent discoveries at Livermore Falls may reveal the site has human history stretching back to before its industrial days.


"The Hollow" at Livermore Falls is known for its link to a 19th Century mill. But during fieldwork last summer, New Hampshire archeologist David Trubey says researchers found evidence of toolmaking and a possible fish-drying operation.  


Finding artifacts like this, especially near waterfalls, isn't uncommon, Trubey says.


"The same resource -- being the falls -- that attracted the settlers to the area is the same resource that was being sought-after by the Native Americans, although they were using it more for a food source," Trubey says.


But, he adds: "It's exciting to have that component and the industrial component together in the same location."


Trubey says the hope is to find more evidence of the area's Native American past during this summer's archaeology field school, which invites volunteers and students to work at the site beginning in July.

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