Shoals Marine Lab Students Make Archaeological Discovery

The first prehistoric archaeological site in the Isles of Shoals (NH and ME) has been discovered on Smuttynose Island, Maine, by students in Cornell’s Archaeology Field School at Shoals Marine Laboratory. “This is a special discovery,” said Dr. Robin Hadlock Seeley, Assistant Director at the Shoals Marine Laboratory and co-director of the Isles of Shoals archaeology project. “We always suspected that native peoples may have stopped at the Shoals before the 17th century fishing station was established, but now we have clear evidence for their presence.” A guest at the field school this summer was Native American archaeologist, Sharon Moses, who recently received her Ph.D. in Archaeology from Cornell University. Dr. Moses, who has worked on prehistoric sites in Central America and Turkey, was also very excited about the discovery, stating, “Congratulations to Professor Hamilton and the Isles of Shoals archaeology project for confirming what the archaeological community has only been able to speculate about until now.”

The director of the project, Professor Nathan Hamilton of the University of Southern Maine, documented several stone tools (arrow points, knives, and scrapers) recovered along with stone flakes from tool manufacture, ceramics and fire-cracked rock. These artifacts represent a substantial activity area that appears to date to AD 800-1200 on the basis of artifact styles that include a Levanna point, a side-notched point and a Stemmed point. Excavations during 2009 produced evidence sufficient to designate a prehistoric site number, and an application will be filed with Maine Historic Preservation Commission in coming months. The site will be known as the Hubbard-Oberlander Site.

Shoals Marine Lab Director William E. Bemis noted that: “Archaeological studies on Smuttynose Island go hand-in-hand with ongoing investigations on the historical ecology of the Isles of Shoals. As we build a better picture of human habitation of the islands, we can better understand the context for ongoing ecological change in marine and terrestrial environments.”
The Isles of Shoals are most famous for the colonial fishing station sited on Smuttynose Island that existed in the 17th-19th centuries and whose origin predated the arrival of Puritans to Massachusetts. Adjacent Appledore Island is home to Shoals Marine Laboratory, Cornell’s marine field station and the base for the archaeological project on Smuttynose.

For more information contact Robin Hadlock Seeley <>.

Lecture Series at Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) presents Sea State 4.1 lecture series:  Ocean Wind: Charting a Course for Maine’s Energy Future, Second Thursday of each month,  7PM, Gulf of Maine Research Institute,  350 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101
Sea State lectures are free and parking is provided in GMRI’s adjacent parking lot.

July 9 – The Gulf of Maine is the Saudi Arabia of Wind
Governor Angus King, Independence Wind

Aug 13 – How Does a State Take the Lead in Ocean Wind?  Lessons from Rhode Island and New Jersey
Chris Wisseman, Deepwater Wind

Sept 10 – The Challenges and Opportunities for Maine to Emerge as an International Ocean Energy Leader
George Harte, Ocean Energy Institute

Oct 8 – Grid Scale Renewable Energy: Lessons from Europe
Speaker to be Announced

Nov 12 – Community Wind on Maine’s Islands: Lessons from an Early Win on Vinalhaven and North Haven
George Baker, Harvard Business School and Fox Islands Electric Cooperative

Shoals Marine Lab Maine Family Program – Space Available

There are a few spaces left in KIDS AHOY, the Shoals Marine Lab’s marine biology program
for families with children ages 5-teens, on Appledore Island, Maine

date: MONDAY, AUGUST 24 – WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2009 (2 nights)
cost: $500/person (double occupancy)

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26 , 2009 (3 nights total)
total cost: $225/person (double occupancy)

Through field trips, creative crafts and interactive workshops your family will learn about life under the sea and along the shore.

Three days of discovery include:

* Boat trips in search of seals and seabirds,
* treasure hunts,
* stargazing,
* compass capers, and
* tidepooling

Learn about marine science in a relaxed and beautiful setting with your family.

To register, download the registration form and send with payment to:

Adult and Family Ed Registrations
Shoals Marine Laboratory
G-14 Stimson Hall, Cornell
Ithaca, NY 14853

You may also FAX your form(s) and pay via credit card: (607) 255-0742

QUESTIONS? call (607) 255-3717

E.O.Wilson and James Watson in Conversation

Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Conversation with James D. Watson and Edward O. Wilson
Moderated by Robert Krulwich
Wednesday, September 9, 5:30 PM

James D. Watson, a Nobel Prize winner for his role in the discovery of the of the structure of DNA, and Edward O. Wilson, a pioneer in the study of biodiversity and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, will reflect on their storied careers, including their time together at Harvard, and look ahead to the key challenges for biological sciences in the 21st century. Moderated by Robert Krulwich, award-winning journalist and correspondent for National Public Radio. This event will be held at Sanders Theatre at Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy Street.

Tickets available beginning July 28 through the Harvard Box Office in Holyoke Center (Harvard Square) or by calling 617.496.2222.  Details online