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Sunday, May 29, 2011

The First Excavations: a photo-history

The archives at UMaine, Orono contained hundreds of slides chronicling the Hirundo Excavations, as well as each site form and report written by the excavators. It was an exciting look at all the work done on the refuge. 
 Pushaw Stream 

Aerial view of Hirundo
The archaeological excavations were initiated as a summer field school from 1971 to 1975. 

David Sanger (Left) and Bob MacKay (Right)

The excavations were run by Robert MacKay and David Sanger with extensive collaboration with a number of other disciplines including geology and paleoecology. The site was first discovered when a neighbor noticed fire-cracked rock and some stone artifacts in the eroding bedrock.

Hirundo excavations in process

The Hirundo site is expansive and covers 250 m of river bank. Dating of the site indicates 7,000 years of occupation.
The Fieldschool Crew
Hirundo Wildlife Refuge's Founder Oliver Larouche
reading next to the trenches. 
MacKay with student

Water sieving
Students excavating through the thick forest groundcover
(Photos courtesy of University of Maine, Orono)

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