2012-2013  FOMB Speaker Series Bios


October 10-Larry Barnes-Falconry: Sport of Kings



falcon-picture          Did you know that falcons are nature’s fastest flyers? Or that they have been known to migrate over 10,000 miles away…Join Larry Barnes, Maine Falconer for a discussion about the Peregrine Falcons. Experience a live Peregrine Falcon up close and learn about their life history and ecology. Do they mate for life? How long do they live?  All your questions will be answered at this fun event, which is suitable for young and old alike.




November 14-Zachery Cote, The Craft, Art & Collection of Waterfowl Decoys


Zachary Cote is the assistant auction manager, gallery manager and New England representative for Guyette, Schmidt, and Deeter, the world’s leading decoy auction house.  Since 1984 Guyette, Schmidt, and Deeter has sold over $136 million worth of antique decoys including the world record auction price of $856,000 paid for a merganser hen by Lothrop Holmes circa 1890.  The company provides free appraisals and maintains a retail store in Freeport, Maine with decoys in the $150 - $1,500 range.


Come learn about the history of decoys, how they were and are made and the fine art of collecting. Attendees may bring decoys in for evaluation.


December 12-Danielle D’Auria,  Herons & Cranes of Maine


Danielle D'Auria is a wildlife biologist who works in the Bird Group of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Her education started with a Biology degree from SUNY at Geneseo, followed by a Masters in Wildlife Science from New Mexico State University. Her past work focused on threatened and endangered bird species. As an assistant refuge manager for USFWS in Olympia, WA, she focused on habitat restoration, conservation planning, invasive plant management, and a variety of wildlife and habitat monitoring. She now focuses on statewide populations of colonial wading birds, secretive marsh birds, black terns, and loons.  In 2009, she started the Heron Observation Network, which is a group of over 100 volunteers who help monitor wading bird colonies across the state.


Great blue herons and sandhill cranes are two of Maine’s largest birds.  The great blue heron has been experiencing localized declines within Maine while the sandhill crane has been increasing its numbers over the past decade.  What sets these two species apart?  D'Auria's talk will cover both the similarities and differences of these two long-legged, long-necked birds, including information about their natural history, their status in Maine, and current monitoring and conservation efforts .




January 9- Duane Prugh- Lighthouses of the Kennebec



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Duane graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He is now a semi-retired computer consultant. 


Duane loves the outdoors and for many years has been interested in the technical aspects of Maine’s lighthouses, covered bridges, and waterfalls. He loves to share with others about their history, how they were built, what materials were used, and how these sentinels of the past have stood for a hundred years or more. 


For the past 12 years he has been an instructor at the University of Maine at Augusta Senior College, taking local seniors on field trips to explore dozens of these sites.


He has embarked on a multiyear project, which will involve visiting, photographing, and learning all about these sites, giving talks on these subjects, and presenting them on his website.  It is currently a work-in-progress, as there are 68 lighthouses, 12 covered bridges, and over 300 ”named” waterfalls in Maine. 


There is so much to see in our own state, and Duane’s goal is to get our senior citizen students out of their homes for day trips to explore places in Maine that most people don’t know exist.  


In addition to the exploration, there is the social aspect.  Students in these classes travel a total at least 1200 miles - in Maine.  While travelling to these remote places, the students meet others from their own senior college and those from other locations.


This evening, Duane’s will give a presentation on the history of lighthouses in general and then narrow it down to the lighthouses along the Kennebec River.

February 13-Jym St. Pierre & Jonathan Carter, East-West Corridor/Highway


Jym is, a photographer, activist and long-time director of RESTORE: The North Woods was founded in 1992 by conservationists who wanted to go beyond endless damage control, to begin restoring the health of entire landscapes. RESTORE focuses on action, not bureaucracy and works to revive the grassroots spirit that led to the great conservation victories of the past.

RESTORE is providing leadership for positive change through three major campaigns: (1) creation of a 3.2-million-acre Maine Woods National Park; (2) recovery of the extirpated and imperiled wildlife, including the eastern timber wolf, Canada lynx, and Atlantic salmon; and (3) recovery and protection of wild forests in New England.

Through these bold projects, RESTORE has been challenging the status quo, advocating creative solutions to long-standing problems, and creating the foundation of a regional movement that can make the vision of North Woods restoration a reality.


Jonathan is also a long-time activist and the founder and director of FEN, the Forest Ecology Network. The purpose of the Forest Ecology Network (FEN) is to protect the native forest environment of Maine through public awareness, grassroots citizen activism, and education, promoting practices that respect the ecological and aesthetic integrity of the Maine Woods.

FEN efforts include campaigns to:

  • Prevent wilderness sprawl
  • Protect Maine’s water resources from commercial overexploitation
  • Eliminate the clearcutting, overcutting, and herbicide spraying associated with industrial forestry

FEN believes that to protect and restore the forest environment while ensuring a sustainable wood supply, we need a combination of ecological reserves, low-impact forestry, demand reduction/recycling, and alternative fibers for paper making.


The Forest Ecology Network, based in Lexington Township, Maine, is on the forefront of forest protection in Maine. FEN spearheaded a campaign to defeat the industry-sponsored Compact for Maine's Forests, then formed a coalition with other environmental organizations in Maine. The coalition called upon the state legislature to pass meaningful forest practices reform, and agreed on a joint policy that would have ensured sustainable forestry. The plan was rejected by the Maine State Legislature. (Details)

FEN has begun a new referendum campaign to get synthetic chemical pesticides out of the forest and to transform the Board of Pesticides Control into an elected body. This campaign, known as Pesticide-Free Forests, sought to impose a ten-year moratorium on the use of all synthetic chemical pesticides for forestry purposes and to transform the Board of Pesticides Control from a seven member board appointed by the governor into a 16 member board with one representative elected by the voters of each of Maine's 16 counties.

FEN, in concert with other environmental groups, is also campaigning for the creation of a Maine Woods National Park.


Projects of the Forest Ecology Network include:

  • The Maine Woods, FEN's newspaper.
  • Tours and workshops focusing on approporiate, or ecological forestry techniques, like low impact forestry.
  • Outreach presentations at concerts, fairs, schools, and civic group meetings.
  • Conferences and workshops on wood use reduction and alternative fibers.
  • The distribution of educational materials that focus on forest ecology, and an environmental newsletter available to high school teachers in Maine.
  • Field trips focusing on forestry and natural history. Give our office a call for a list of upcoming trips.
  • The North Woods Arts Center, located on a 10,000 acre forest preserve in Atkinson, is FEN's education center.




March 13-Leith Smith- Archaeology of Fort Richmond


Ph.D.                Syracuse University, Anthropology, 2008

Dissertation: Archaeological Survey of Settlement Patterns in the Banda Region, West-central Ghana:  Exploring external influences and internal responses in the West African frontier from 1400 to 1935.

MA                    University of South Carolina, Public Service Archaeology, 1993

Thesis: The Identification and Evaluation of Use-Wear Signatures on Pottery

Vessels: An Ethnoarchaeological Case Study from Eastern Zaire, Africa.

BA                    The George Washington University, Anthropology, 1984




1996                 Dissertation Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation

1996                 PreDoctoral Grant, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research

1996                 Roscoe Martin Fund Award, Syracuse University

1995                 Summer Research Project Grant, Graduate School, Syracuse University

1994 & 95          Tuition Scholarship, Syracuse University

1988                 Thesis Research Grant, University of South Carolina

1988                 Grant-in Aid of Research, Sigma Xi

1987                 Thesis Research Grant, University of South Carolina

1986-88            Graduate Fellow and Research Assistant, University of South Carolina




African American archaeology,  West African Iron Age and Late Stone Age archaeology,  Culture change among African Diaspora populations,  Eastern North American colonial history and archaeology,  Industrial archaeology, Landscape archaeology, Ceramic use-wear analysis, Public archaeology and compliance legislation.




Staff Archaeologist

2005-present    Maine Historic Preservation Commission.  Perform cultural resource management investigations throughout the state of Maine.

Project Archaeologist

2001-2007        Central Artery Third Harbor Tunnel Project, Boston, MA.  Responsible for archaeological contingency response, completion of project reports, curation of

archaeological documentation and artifacts, exhibit design and public outreach.

Staff Archaeologist

2001-present    Fiske Center for Cultural Research, University of Massachusetts, Boston. Perform cultural resource management investigations in New England.




Consulting Historical Archaeologist

2006                 National Park Service, Northeast Cultural Resources Center, Lowell, MA.

Conducting Overview and Assessment of Weir Farm National Historic Site.


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2005                 National Park Service, Northeast Cultural Resources Center, Lowell, MA.

Conducted Overview and Assessment of Salem Maritime National Historic Site.

2000                 National Park Service, Northeast Cultural Resources Center, Lowell, MA.

Performed monitoring and intensive testing for the Longfellow Rehabilitation

Project, Longfellow National Historic Site, Cambridge, MA.

Consulting Historical Archaeologist

1999-2000        Harvard University, Cambridge MA.  Excavated feature under Holden Chapel associated with Harvard’s Chemistry and Anatomy School ca. 1850. Processed

faunal and human remains and artifacts and prepared report.

Consulting Historical Archaeologist

1999-2001        Timelines Inc., Littleton, MA. and Public Archaeology Laboratory, Pawtucket, RI.

Conducted background research, field work, and prepared final reports for contractual archaeological projects associated with Euro-American and Native

American sites in New England.

Archaeological Collections Manager

1998-99            Massachusetts Historical Commission, Boston, MA.  Drafted the state's

Archaeological Curation and Collections Management Policies and assisted with design of a collections database. Supervised five staff in assembling and inventorying collections, and in preparing educational materials (brochure, school

curriculum and traveling exhibit).  Assisted with design and mounting of major exhibition: Highway To the Past, The Archaeology of Boston's Big Dig at the Commonwealth Museum, 1999-present.

Staff Historical Archaeologist and Historian

1989-94, 97,98   Timelines, Inc., Groton MA.  Performed a wide range of tasks for contractual projects including proposal preparation, historical research, field survey and

excavation, and preparation of final reports on prehistoric and historic sites throughout New England.

Project Archaeologist

1996                 Public Archaeology Facility, State University of New York, Binghamton.

Performed excavations and prepared reports for numerous cultural resource surveys and test excavations on a wide range of prehistoric and historic

archaeological sites throughout the State of New York.

Laboratory Director

1992-94            Final Phase, Central Artery/Tunnel Project, Boston MA.  Responsibilities included complete set up of laboratory facilities, hiring of staff, development of all artifact processing and cataloguing procedures, assisting  with creation of custom-

designed database system, overseeing stabilization and conservation activities, and maintenance and integrity of the phase II and III collections.

Consulting Historical Archaeologist

1991                 Victoria Bunker Archaeological Consulting, Alton, NH.  Conducted historic site surveys and background historical research for the Nashua-Hudson Circumferential Highway Project.


Crew Member

1989                 Boston University, Boston, MA.  Assisted in cultural resource surveys in New

Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.


Crew Member

1987                 Carolina Archaeological Services, Columbia, SC.  Conducted cultural resource surveys and test excavations for several projects.




Crew Member

1986                 Engineering Sciences, Washington, DC. Conducted Phase I survey and test excavations on eight urban sites and assisted in preparation of final report.

Assistant Director

1985-86            Maryland Historical Trust, Benjamin Banneker Archaeological Project, Oella, MD.

Designed excavation strategy and directed field work, laboratory analysis and prepared final report on 18th century free black homestead of Benjamin Banneker.


Crew Member


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1985                 Baltimore Center for Urban Archaeology, Baltimore, MD. Excavated 18th century orchard and vineyard of the Mount Claire Mansion site.


Site Supervisor

1984-85            Maryland Historical Trust, Fells Point Archaeological Project, Baltimore, MD.

Supervised field crew in excavation of Chase's Wharf and Bond Street waterfront sites, monitored heavy equipment, and assisted in subsequent laboratory analysis.


Site Supervisor

1983-84            Alexandria Urban Archaeology Program, City Survey Project, Alexandria, VA.

Responsible for archival research, site selection and sampling procedures; and for survey, excavation and volunteer training for NEH grant funded project. Performed cultural resource surveys of urban construction sites.


Site Supervisor

1983-84            George Washington University Summer Field School in Historic Archaeology.

Instructed undergraduate and graduate students in field and laboratory methods at several urban sites in Alexandria, VA.


Site Supervisor

1982-83            Alexandria Urban Archaeology Program, Afro-American Project, Alexandria, VA.

Supervised seasonal excavation at the 19th century free black Coleman Site.

Ceramic  Analyst

1982                 Alexandria Urban Archaeology Program, Afro-American Project, Alexandria, VA.

Catalogued approximately 20,000 artifacts and conducted spatial analysis for the historic Coleman Site.


Crew Member

1977                 Alexandria Urban Archaeology Program, Alexandria, VA. excavated 18th and 19th century privies at the 500 Block King Street site.


Crew Member

1974                 Alexandria Urban Archaeology Program, Alexandria, VA. Excavated 18th and

19th century privies at the 400 Block King Street site and assisted in laboratory analysis.




Project Archaeologist

2000-2001        Banda Research Project, Ghana, West Africa. Supervised archaeological investigations at the sites of Kuulo Kataa, Banda 12, 13 and B123 (June-Aug. 2000).

Conducted test excavations and mapping of 16 archaeological sites in the Banda

Region for Dr. Ann Stahl under National Science Foundation research grant.


Project Director

1996-2002        Banda Regional Archaeological Survey Project, Ghana, West Africa. Conducted dissertation research on regional settlement patterns in west-central Ghana to explore external influences and internal responses on the West African frontier.

Grant-funded GPS survey and excavation performed.




Principal Investigator

1995                 Ghana, W. Africa. Conducted grant-funded pilot study of site mapping strategies to prepare for dissertation research.

Field Supervisor

1994 & 95          Banda Research Project, Ghana, West Africa. Supervised Ghanaian crew in the excavation of the 19th century site of Makala and 15th century site of Kuulo,

collected oral histories, conducted feasibility study for dissertation research.

Field Supervisor

1988 & 90          Semliki Research Expedition, Zaire, Africa. Supervised Zairois crew and conducted paleosol surveys and regional mapping for the Katanda Middle and Early Stone Age sites; served as expedition mechanic.

Principal Investigator


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1988                 MA Thesis Research Project, Semliki Research Expedition, Zaire, Africa.

Conducted original grant funded ethnoarchaeological field study of pottery use- wear among the Banande people of Kivu Province.

Field Supervisor

1986                 Semliki Research Expedition, Zaire, Africa. Supervised Zairois crew on Middle and Late Stone Age sites of Katanda and Ishango and assisted in regional survey

and geological testing.

Laboratory Assistant

1980-81            Smithsonian Institution Arctic Studies Center, Washington, DC.  Analyzed lithic artifacts from Maritime Archaic sites in Labrador, Quebec and Newfoundland.




Student Intern

1994                 Fort Drum, NY.  Conducted cataloguing and data entry of archaeological materials from several prehistoric and historic sites using D-Base and FoxPro data base


Research Assistant

1987-88            University of South Carolina, Department of Anthropology, Columbia, SC.

Assisted Dr. Leland Ferguson in Afro-American Colono Ware research for the publication Uncommon Ground.


Crew Member

1987                 University of South Carolina Graduate Field School in Archaeology, Bahamas.

Performed survey and test excavation of Arawak coastal habitation sites and searched for early Spanish landfalls.

Research Assistant

1986-87            University of South Carolina, Bally Lough Archaeological Project, Columbia, SC.

Data entry and statistical analysis of lithic data performed on Mesolithic assemblages from southeastern Ireland using SAS statistical programs.

Osteological Research Assistant

1981                 Human Osteology Program, Kampsville, IL. Conducted metric analysis of human prehistoric skeletal material from the Late Woodland site of Hacker Mound.


Crew Member

1980-81            Northwestern University and Center for American Archaeology, Kampsville, IL.

Excavated at the prehistoric burial sites of Elizabeth and Kuhlman Mounds.




Field/Laboratory Instructor

2001-present    University of Massachusetts, Boston. Assist with teaching of archaeological field and laboratory methods for undergraduate and graduate students in the Boston

area and at Sylvestor Manor, Shelter Island, NY.

Teaching Assistant

1999-2000        Harvard University Extension School.  Assisted in teaching Introduction to Archaeology.  Responsibilities included lecturing and grading of assignments and exams.

Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant

1994-95            Syracuse University.  Performed archaeological laboratory research and served as teaching assistant for introductory courses in Human Evolution and Cultural



Field Instructor

1983-84            George Washington University Summer Field School in Historic Archaeology.

Instructed undergraduate and graduate students in field and laboratory methods at the free black Coleman Site and other urban sites in Alexandria, VA.


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1998                 Oldest Bowling Ball in America. Preservation Advocate, vol. 24, (co-author).

1998                 Politics and Problems of Gorilla and Chimp Conservation.  In Anthropology

Explored, ed. by Ruth Selig and Marilyn London, pp. 24-37. Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press (co-author with A.S. Brooks and Catherine C. Smith).

1995                 Dating and Context of Three Middle Stone Age Sites with Bone Points in the

Upper Semliki Valley, Zaire.  Science, 268:548-553  (co-author).

1991                 Politics and Problems of Gorilla and Chimp Conservation in Africa. Anthro Notes

13(1):1-4,13-15.  (Co-author with A.S. Brooks)

1986                 A review of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. In A Guide to Cultural

Resource Legislation, edited by Alex West, pp.27-40. Annual Papers of the

University of South Carolina Anthropology Student's Association, Vol. 2. University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.

1985                 Bannaker Remembered. Country Magazine 6(11):11-12.




1998                 Occupation of the Hinterland:  A preliminary assessment of settlement patterns in the Banda region of west central Ghana. Paper presented at the 14th Biennial Conference of the Society for Africanist Archaeologists, Syracuse, NY.

1995                 Preliminary Analysis of African American Colono Wares from the Central

Artery/Tunnel Project in Boston.  Paper presented at the 28th Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington D.C.

1994                 Ceramic Use Wear Analysis: an African case study with Old and New World

Archaeological Implications.  Paper presented at the 12th Biennial Conference of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.




1992                 Ceramic Use Wear Analysis: An African Case Study with New World Archaeological Implications.  Paper presented at the 25th Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeologists, Kingston, Jamaica.

1987                 Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Goals for the Archaeological Study of 18th Century Free Afro-Americans. Paper presented at the 44th Annual Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Charleston, SC.




2009                 Archaeological Phase I and Phase II Survey for the Route 2 Realignment and Wild

River Bridge Replacement (MDOT PIN 15619.00), Gilead, Maine (primary author).

2008                 Archaeological Phase II Testing of the Wiscasset Transportation Study (PIN

7991.00), Wiscasset and Edgecomb, Maine (co-author).

2008                 Report on the Phase II Intensive Level Archaeological Survey for the Route

131/173 Bridge Replacement and Road Realignment, MDOT PIN 12637.00, Searsmont, Maine (primary author).

2008                 Report on the Archaeological Phase I/II Survey of the I-395/Route 9

Transportation Study Area (PIN 8483.20), Brewer, Eddington and Holden, Maine


2007                 Archaeological Overview and Assessment of the Weir Farm National Historic Site, Ridgefield and Wilton, Connecticut.  CRM Study No. 21, Fiske Center for Archaeological Research, University of Massachusetts, Boston (primary author).

2007                 Final Report on the Archaeological Site Examination of the Robert Murray Farmhouse Complex on the Gore Place Society Property, Waltham and Watertown, Massachusetts.  CRM Study No. 20, Fiske Center for Archaeological

Research, University of Massachusetts, Boston.


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2007                 Final Report on the Archaeological Intensive Survey of the Long Island Section of the Spectacle Island-Boston Harbor-Long Island Sewer Line (Contract C21AC), Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel Project, Boston Harbor Islands, Massachusetts.  CRM Study No. 19, Fiske Center for Archaeological Research, University of Massachusetts, Boston.

2007                 Report on the Archaeological Intensive Survey of the Thompson Island Salt Marsh Restoration Project, Boston Harbor Islands, Massachusetts.  CRM Study No. 18, Fiske Center for Archaeological Research, University of Massachusetts, Boston.

2006                 Archaeological Survey of the Umberhind, Detweiler and Gallant Parcels, Bowdoinham, Maine.  Maine Historic Preservation Commission (primary author).

2006                 Report on the Archaeological Site Examination of the Entrance Drive, Carriage

House, Greenhouse, Vegetable Garden, Flower Garden and Grapery at Gore Place, Waltham and Watertown, Massachusetts.   CRM Study No. 17, Fiske Center for

Archaeological Research, University of Massachusetts, Boston (primary author).

2006                 Report on Phase 2 & 2b Intensive Level Archaeological Survey, Sites ME 169-06 and ME169-012 for MDOT Pin 9148, Route 2, Gilead, ME.  Maine Historic

Preservation Commission (co-author).

2006                 Report on Phase 2 Archaeological Survey of the Caouette Property, ME354-009, Route 26 Improvement Project, MDOT 10014.00, Poland, ME. Maine Historic

Preservation Commission (primary author).

2005                 Archaeological Overview and Assessment of the Salem Maritime National

Historic Site, Salem Massachusetts.  CRM Study No. 16, Center for Cultural and

Environmental History, University of Massachusetts, Boston (primary author).




2004                 Archaeological Site Examination, North Yard of the Loring-Greenough House, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.   CRM Study No. 11, Center for Cultural and Environmental History, University of Massachusetts, Boston (primary author).

2002                 Archaeological Site Examination, Orchard House Preservation Project, Concord, Massachusetts.   CRM Study No. 9, Center for Cultural and Environmental

History, University of Massachusetts, Boston (primary author).

2002                 Archaeological Contingency Response Summary Report, Contract Area 17A6, Section 23-D, Storage Safe from Kingston Street/Edinborough Street Loop,

October 4th, 2002. Central Artery/Tunnel Project, ISA 8320, Archaeological

Contingency Services, University of Massachusetts, Boston.

2001                 Archaeological Contingency Response Summary Report, Contract Area CO9C4, Section 19-4, Railroad Depot Loading Dock, August 21, 2001. Central Artery Tunnel Project, ISA 8320, Archaeological Contingency Services, University of

Massachusetts, Boston.

2000                 Archaeological Monitoring and Intensive Testing, Longfellow Rehabilitation

Project, Longfellow National Historic Site, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Archaeology Branch, Northeast Cultural Resources Center, National Park Service.

2000                 Emergency Archaeological Data Recovery of the American Glass Company, Contingency Plan Implementation, Contos Property, Parcel 60-CS-1, Central

Artery\Tunnel Project, Boston, Massachusetts (co-author). Timelines Inc., Littleton, MA.

2000                 Archaeological Site Examination of the Glynn Memorial Nursing Home,

Haverhill, Massachusetts.  PAL Inc., Pawtucket, RI (co-author).

2000                 Archaeological Reconnaissance Survey of the Baker Square Phase II Condominium Project, Dorchester, Massachusetts.  PAL Inc., Pawtucket, RI.

1999                 Archaeological Site Examination of the Littlefield Farmstead, Hopkinton, Massachusetts.  Timelines Inc., Littleton, MA (co-author).

1999                 Archaeological Intensive Survey for the Billerica Waste Water Project (Contracts

31A and 31B), Billerica, Massachusetts.  Timelines Inc., Littleton, MA (co-author).

1998                 Intensive Archaeological Survey, Jefferson at Wheeler Hill Development, Marlborough, MA.  A report prepared by Timelines Inc., Littleton MA.

1994                 Central Artery/Tunnel Project, Phase II Site Examination, Town Cove

Archaeological Site Study Block TC04, Boston, Massachusetts.  John Milner

Associates, Inc. and Timelines Inc., Groton, MA (contributor).


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1994                 Site Examination of Braintree Commerce Park, Braintree, MA.  Timelines, Inc., Littleton, MA (co-author).

1994                 Site Examination of the Ellis Family Cemetery, Rockland, Massachusetts.

Timelines Inc., Littleton MA (co-author).

1991                 A Summary History of Fort Griswold, Groton, CT. Timelines, Inc., Groton, MA (contributor).

1991                 Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan for the City of Haverhill, MA.

Timelines, Inc., Groton, MA (contributor).

1991                 Archaeological Intensive Survey of the Charles River Interceptor, Milford, MA.

Timelines, Inc, Groton, MA (contributor).

1991                 Archaeological Intensive Survey, Orchard Cove Development, Canton, MA.

Timelines, Inc., Groton, MA (contributor).

1991                 Archaeological Reconnaissance Assessment, 110-120 Tremont Street, Boston, MA.

Timelines, Inc., Groton, MA.

1991                 Archaeological Reconnaissance Survey of the Harwich Tap to Orleans Substation, Harwich Tap to Harwich  Substation and Harwich Substation to Orleans

Substation Rights of Way. Timelines, Inc., Groton, MA (contributor).




1990                 Synthesis of Available Biological, Geological, Chemical, Socioeconomic and Cultural Resource Information for the South Florida Area.  Timelines, Inc., Groton, MA (contributor).

1990                 Preservation Plan for the Underwater Cultural Resources of Newport Harbor, RI.

Timelines, Inc., Groton, MA. (contributor)

1990                 History and Archaeology of the Palmer School Site, Palmer, MA.  Timelines, Inc., Groton, MA (contributor).

1990                 Archaeology of the Wareham School Site, Wareham, MA.  Timelines, Inc., Groton, MA (contributor).

1983                 Archaeological Report on the 1100 Block of King Street.  Alexandria Urban

Archaeology Program, Alexandria, VA.

n.d.                   Archaeological Investigations at the Benjamin Banneker Site.  Maryland

Historical Trust, Annapolis, MD (co-author).




2008                 Archaeology of Bostons Big Dig. Featured speaker for the September meeting of the Appleton Historical Society, Appleton, Maine.

2007                 Archaeological Survey of the Umberhind, Detweiler, and Gallant Sites, Bowdoinham, Maine.  Featured speaker for Friends of Merrymeeting Bay,

Dresden, ME.

2004                 Archaeological Research In Central Ghana, West Africa.  Featured Speaker at the

Massachusetts Archaeological Society Fall Meeting, Middleboro, MA.

2001                 New Light on Colonial Foodways from the Archaeology of the Big Dig. Invited lecture for the Culinary Historians of Boston, Harvard U., Cambridge, MA.

2001                 Archaeology and the Big Dig. Invited Discussant and Craft Demonstrator at the

Lowell Folk Festival, Lowell, MA.

2001                 The Archaeology of Bostons Big Dig. Invited lecture for the North Attleboro

Historical Society, North Attleboro, MA.

2000                 Section 106 and Archaeology in Massachusetts.  Invited lecture for Anthropology

101, Professor John Gerry, Harvard University.

1999                 Archaeological Research in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Invited lecture for the Nov. meeting of the Mass. Archaeological Soc., Boston Chapter.

1999                 Archaeology of the American Glass Co., South Boston.  Invited lecture given in

conjunction with the Commonwealth Museum’s exhibit:  Archaeology of the

Central Artery Project, Highway to the Past. Mass. State Archives, Boston.


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1998                 Working from the Ground Up: Insights from the Archaeological Investigation of Glass Production in South Boston.  Invited lecture for the Fall Symposium at the Sandwich Glass Museum, Sandwich, MA.

1998                 Archaeological Investigations at the American Glass Company Site, South

Boston.  Guest lecture for Archaeology Week, Boston Public Library, Boston

1998                 Archaeological Collections Management at the MHC.  Guest lecture for Anthropology 615, Public Archaeology, Prof. S. Mrozowski, University of Massachusetts, Boston.

1995                 Archaeological Reflections on Colonialism and Change in West Central Ghana. "Brown Bag" Lunch Series, Department of Anthropology, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY.

1986                 Archaeology of the Western Rift Valley, Zaire, Africa. Lunch Time Lecture Series, Department of Anthropology, University of South Carolina, Columbia.

1986                 Into Africa: Paleoanthropology and Archaeology in Eastern Zaire, Africa. Lecture presented to the Archaeological Society of South Carolina, Columbia Chapter, Columbia, SC (February Meeting). (with C.C. Smith)



April 10-Steve Cayard, Beauty & Tradition of the Birchbark Canoe


Steve Cayard builds authentically styled birchbark canoes in the tradition of the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, and Maliseet tribes of Maine and New Brunswick. They are among the Native American tribes collectively known as the Wabanaki, or “People of the Dawnland.” These people have inhabited the coastal and riverine environment of this region for at least the last twelve thousand years. Their intimate knowledge of its woods and waters led to the development of a superbly adapted form or watercraft, which became their chief means of transportation—the Wabanaki birchbark canoe.


Steve is a non-native, self-taught builder who, through his careful research and passion for the craft, and with his appreciation of its cultural context, has developed strong ties with the native tribal communities and builders whose traditions he borrows from. In return, he has offered his knowledge and skills to native groups who have sought him out to help them further their own efforts to revitalize this central facet of traditional Wabanaki culture.

Steve’s birchbark canoe building is an outgrowth of his love of the woods. This feeling is seen in the artistry he puts into his canoes, and is epitomized by the graceful designs he etches on them in the dark “winter bark,” which is birchbark gathered when the tree is dormant. This ancient art form offers an opportunity for decoration that Steve uses not only to reflect traditional Wabanaki motifs, but also to express his own vision of the natural world, in the belief that each generation must infuse its own spirit into the tradition to keep it vital.

Steve builds birchbark canoes on commission, and conducts research at museums, where he also offers consultation and conservation services. He teaches birchbark canoe building workshops in both the native and non-native communities. Steve lives on an off-the-grid, backwoods homestead with his family in Wellington, Maine.




May 8- Chris Buchanan, Defending Water for Life in Maine


Chris Buchanan is a Grassroots Organizer with Defending Water for Life in Maine.  Chris is passionate about empowering people in their local communities to achieve what they want.  To ensure this, Defending Water for Life advocates for truly democratic local government, and fights to protect water for all life, and not for profit.  We focus primarily on preventing the commodification or privatization of water.  Find out more about us: www.defendingwater.net/maine


At this time, Chris is working on stopping the proposed East-West Corridor project.  Chris is the statewide coordinator of Stop the East-West Corridor, a coalition of Maine citizens and organizations dedicated to raising awareness, fostering open communication, and requesting transparency.  Our mission is to stop the East-West Corridor by demonstrating that the project is not in the interest of Maine and that Maine citizen stakeholders do not want it.


Chris has a bachelors in sociology with a minor is Spanish from Colorado College.



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