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SPR-SUM 2017

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10 PIERCE / SPRING 2017 I f we want to be well-rounded, we need to understand where we came from," says Robert Goodby, professor of anthropology. "And with a project like this, we get to see how we got here, and how the people who came before changed the landscape." Goodby is talking about an archaeological site in Keene that he says is one of the best-preserved in New England. First discovered in 2009, radiocarbon dating places the site to 12,000 years ago. "It's a glimpse at the first people who settled around this region," he says. Goodby was originally hired as a consultant to the Keene School District, after what appeared to be Native American artifacts were found on the land the district planned to use for a new middle school. Major excavation began in 2010, and Goodby and his students worked the site during the school year and summer, uncovering arrowheads and other everyday items that now are housed in a repository in Concord. It's not the only time Goodby has taken students into the field. Last summer, he hosted a field school, where he and students excavated two Native American sites, a small campsite in Peterborough that dated between 3,000-4,000 years old, and another in Boscawen that dated to 1500-1600 A.D. Several of Goodby's students who took part in archaeological digs have gone on to co-author journal articles about their experiences and presented at national conferences. "A liberal arts education helps prepare our students to solve problems, to use data and communication skills," says Goodby. "Anthropology actually does that really well."— Holly Beretto '93 Archaeological Findings Give a Window to Prehistoric Life in Monadnock Region Digging History " If we want to be well-rounded, we need to understand where we came from." RAVENINGS

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