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The Archeology of New Hampshire

Exploring 10,000 Years in the Granite State

Several states already boast volumes showcasing their archeological history, but not New Hampshire--until now. David R. Starbuck's volume fills that void. Going beyond standard state guides that focus primarily on prehistoric sites, Starbuck also devotes equal time to historic, industrial, and nautical sites. This approach reflects the thinking of most contemporary archeologists who conduct research at a diverse range of sites.

A veteran of thirty years of field research throughout the Granite State, Starbuck revisits some of his own sites, including excavations at the New England Glassworks in Temple, two prehistoric sites on the Merrimack River, the Joseph Hazeltine pottery workshop outside Concord, the Governor Wentworth Estate in Wolfeboro, and his own long-term survey and excavation project at Canterbury Shaker Village. At the same time, though, Starbuck includes the work of other contemporary New Hampshire archeologists, representative sites of “old-timers” whose digs preceded his arrival, and the investigations of avocational diggers.

Starbuck's introduction offers an anecdotal history of archeological research in New Hampshire through the people who shaped it. Part I discusses discoveries that predate white settlement: the Paleo-Indian Period; the Archaic Period; and the Woodland Period. Part II moves from the seventeenth century to the present. Chapters include historical archeology (forts, farms, potters, Shakers); industrial archeology (mills, factories, railroads, dams, and bridges); and nautical archeology (discoveries in the state's lakes and on the seacoast).

In addition to summarizing some of the more interesting finds, Starbuck includes stories about archeologists and the techniques they have used to glean information from the past. Overall, he provides a lively account of what it is like to practice archeology in a small but dynamic New England state.


"Unlike most books on the archaeology of a state, this one covers the archaeology of both Native Americans and European settlement through the 19th century . . . Of great interest not only to archaeologists, historians, and students, but also to the general public. Summing Up: Highly recommended."—Choice

"Starbuck does a wonderful job of presenting the material in depth enough for the serious scholar yet readable enough for the most casual amateur. It is well illustrated . . . making it even more "user friendly" and interesting to the lay person." —The Colebrook Chronicle

“Before you close the book... you will have been exposed not only to relics of Native American culture but also to a presentation of 'industrial archeology’... [and] marine archeology.” “—The Cabinet

You should dig up a copy” —Union Leader (Manchester, NH)


“In this personalized encyclopedia of New Hampshire archaeology, Starbuck successfully combines the evolution of archaeological investigation in New Hampshire with the results of expanded fieldwork among the multiple disciplines of archaeology . . . Starbuck places New Hampshire in a clear local and regional context, in terms of time, space, and form. There is something in this eclectic collection for anyone interested in New Hampshire's past.”--Donald W. Foster, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, Phillips Exeter Academy, and past president of the New Hampshire Archeological Society

“The Archeology of New Hampshire by David Starbuck is a great introduction to archeology, history and culture of pre-twentieth century New Hampshire. It invites the reader to see, look for, and research topics that spike one’s interest. The reader is teased to look deeper into how, why, where, and when of archeological pursuits in general, and particularly in New Hampshire. Archeology of New Hampshire has the door ajar for the curious Prehistoric, historic, and nautical sections of the book allows the reader to select a topic of interest without sacrificing the integrity of the total book. This is a book that should be in every New Hampshire high school library.”--Elizabeth B. Hall, President, New Hampshire Archeology Society, Inc.
Univ Of New Hampshire Press

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