The Maine Archaeological Society

Promoting archaeological awareness through education and publication, and encouraging archaeological conservation

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News and Upcoming Events

The Maine Archaeological Society 2024 Spring Meeting

When: April 7, 2024 (Sunday) from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Where: Viles Arboretum at 153 Hospital Street, Augusta, ME 04330

This meeting will be an opportunity to remember Richard (Dick) Doyle – a loved friend, father, and colleague. 

– 10AM – 11AM gather (with PowerPoint slide loop of Dick Doyle, and some of Dick’s flint knapping on display)
– 11 AM Introduction and welcome
– 11AM – 11:30AM lecture 1 Arthur Spiess – Underwater Artifacts: Paleo and Archaic
– 11:30AM – 12PM lecture 2 Arthur Anderson – Downeast Maine
– 12PM – 1PM Lunch (on your own – bring lunch or grab some locally)
– 1:15PM Re-gather
– 1:30PM – 2PM video (from YouTube), Dick Doyle flint knapping and teaching
– 2PM – 3PM Open microphone, remembering Dick Doyle

The Viles Arboretum is located on Hospital St., Augusta, east side of the road (opposite
State office complex). There is additional parking 200 yards north or also across the
(busy!) street to the west. The Viles Room (meeting room) is in the basement floor,
south side. The room can hold about 80 people comfortably, with a kitchen area (water, coffee), and tables. The Viles’ website can be found here.

Exploring the Past Forum: Diverse Perspectives in Archaeology

When: March 2, 2024 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Where: Brick Store Museum at 117 Main Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043

Summary: Tim Spahr, ALM, Registered Professional Archaeologist and Principal Investigator for the Cape Porpoise Archaeological Alliance presents a forum for curious minds at all levels that seek to learn, discuss and share insights into the fascinating world of archaeology. Hosted at the Brick Store Museum.

Dr. Gemma Hudgell, Archaeologist, Co-owner and Assistant Director of the Northeast Archaeology Research Center (NE ARC).

Highly accomplished with extensive knowledge in archaeology of the UK, southern Africa, and the northeastern United States. Dr. Hudgell’s 18 years of consulting archaeology experience with top-notch cultural resource management services for clients throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

Elizabeth Kelley, MFA, is the Senior Artist for the Cape Porpoise Archaeological Alliance.

With drawings published in the Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, the Maine Archaeological Society Bulletin and educational websites, Elizabeth has played an important role in documenting the cultural landscape, features and artifacts of peoples who have occupied Cape Porpoise for 8,000 years. In this presentation, Elizabeth will share her experiences and techniques in utilizing art to document local findings in Maine.

Dr. Bonnie Newsom, is a member of the Penobscot Nation and an archaeologist interested in the pre-contact lifeways of Wabanaki peoples. She is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Associate Faculty in the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine.

Through a captivating blend of oral narratives and archaeological evidence, Dr. Newsom will delve into the deep connection between Wabanaki people and diverse bird species, shedding light on their cultural significance and the valuable insights they provide into past ecologies. Join us for an enlightening presentation titled “Birds in Wabanaki Pasts.”

Dawna Lamson, BA, Senior Field Archaeologist, Cape Porpoise Archaeological Alliance.

Dawna’s archaeological career began in high school only to learn she had a family history in archaeology. Dawna is a testament to the fact that archaeology spans across varied disciplines, making it an enriching and fulfilling journey for curious and sponge-like minds. Her passion for archaeology is evident in her ability to bring the past to life and connect people to the stories of those who came before us.

The Maine Archaeological Society Fall Meeting

When: October 15, 2023 from 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Where: University of Maine, Orono - Bangor Room, Memorial Union Building

Speakers will include:

Oliva Olson, UMO – Dietary reconstrction of the sea mink (Neovision marcrodon) reveals shifting baselines in Coastal Maine

Josh Cummings, UNB – Falls Island Sites of Downeast Maine

Gemma Hudgell, NEARC – Archaeology on Hunnewell Point: The Popham Waterfront Improvements Project

The Maine Archaeological Society Artifact Processing Workshop

When: August 18, 2023 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Where: Viles Arboretum - 153 Hospital Street, Augusta, Maine

Join The Maine Archaeological Society to learn about post-excavation laboratory work as well as washing, sorting, and cataloguing artifacts for analysis and curation.

We will be working with materials collected during last year’s TMAS field school at the Katahdin Iron Works Company Store.

Bring your own lunch or grab something nearby!

Limited Space
For more information and to RSVP email:
Sarah Loftus –

Where: University of New England- Biddeford Campus - Alfond Center of Health Sciences: Room 304

The Maine Archaeological Society Spring Meeting

When: April 23, 2023 from 10:30 AM – 3 PM


10:30AM gathering

11AM – 12PM “The New Excavations at The Village of Chouacoet, Saco Bay, Maine” by Arthur Anderson

12PM– 1:15PM lunch on your own/bring your own

1:30PM – 2:30PM “The Beaver Site: Living at the Confluence from the Early Archaic period to the Late Ceramic period” by Karen E. Mack

CPAA Winter Series: Visual Anthropology & Archaeology

When: February 23rd, 2022 at 6PM

Where: Brick Store Museum - 117 Main Street, Kennebunk, Maine


February 23rd – Visual Anthropology Introduction

March 2rd – Anthropological Film Discussion

March 9th – Visual Studies Presentation & Student Exhibit Preview

March 16th – Introduction to Archaeological Field Note Taking & Sketching

March 23rd – Archaeological Field Note Taking and Sketching

2022 The Maine Archaeological Society Fall Meeting

When: October 9th, 2022

In Person: Viles Arboretum Education Center, 153 Hospital Street, Augusta


10:00 AM to 10:30 Gathering

10:30 Introductions  

10:35 – 11:30 Morning presentation: Thomas Bennett and Nathan Hamilton – Casco Bay: Recent Archaeological Efforts  

11:30 B 12:30 Lunch, on your own.  Bring your own or go to local stores/shops in Augusta  

12:45 – 1:00 MAS Fall Business Meeting with election of officers  

1:00 – 2:00 Afternoon presentation: Nathaniel Kitchel and Heather Rockwell – Paleoindian and Quarry Research in Northern Maine 

Viles Arboretum Education Center is a post and beam (barn-like) structure with doors that open wide to the outdoors.  If the weather is good we will open up for ventilation for most of the meeting.  Bring warm fall clothing if the weather is cool.  

Viles Arboretum is a great place to go for a walk after the meeting, if the weather is good.  Check out their trails map and other information  

2022 Field School - The Maine Archaeological Society

The Maine Archaeological Society is accepting member applications for TMAS 2022 Field School at Katahdin Iron Works.

Join us for five days (Wednesday, September 14th – Sunday, September 18th) in Maine’s North Woods excavating the Katahdin Iron Works Company Store! The site is roughly 15 miles north of Brownville along the West Branch of the Pleasant River on land recently acquired by the Appalachian Mountain Club.

UMaine 8th Annual Virtual Archaeology Day

This web-based program will take students on a virtual tour of Hudson Museum collections and Anthropology Department Labs. Learn about UMaine research related to shell middens and efforts to document and preserve them, explore archaeological collections from Maine to Mesoamerica, and meet UMaine faculty, staff and graduate students who will talk about their research and how it informs our understanding of the past.

The Archaeological Conservancy

This past summer, The Archaeological Conservancy visited and filmed the excavation being performed by the Maine Historic Preservation Commission at the Sharrow Site in central Maine on the Piscataquis River. Click the Learn More button below to learn more about the project and to watch the video!

Old Fort Western Bicentennial Lectures

Dr. Arthur Speiss – 13,000 years of Maine Prehistory
Dr. Bruce Bourque & Fred Kroeber – Merrymeeting Bay Pioneers Project: Tracing the Lives of the Area’s First European Settlers
Ken Hamilton – French Privateers along the Maine Coast
Leon Cranmer – Trading Posts on the Kennebec
Michael Dekker – French & Indian Wars in Maine
Dr. Leith Smith – The Archaeology of Fort Richmond
Leon Cranmer – The Archaeology of Fort Halifax
Linda Novak – The Archaeology of Fort Western (Soon to be added)

Maine Archaeology Month: Lectures, Fall Meeting, and Exhibits

October 18, 21, 24, 27, 29, and 30 of 2019

October is Archaeology Month, a time to celebrate Maine’s rich cultural heritage. Throughout the entire month there are various lectures from professionals and academics ranging from shell middens, current research, to the deployment of new technology within the field of archaeology. Click the green button for a PDF containing a list of all the lectures, presenters, times and locations, as well as exhibit information.

Location: lectures and events are located in Orono, Trescott TWP, Kennebunk, Yarmouth, Bath, Brunswick, and Augusta.

Fall Annual Meeting

October 27, 2019 from 10:30am to 3:00pm

Arthur Spiess of MHPC will kick things off with a talk concerning the significance of Maine’s varied archaeology, recording archaeological sites and the contributions of Maine avocational archaeologists. If you have an artifact collection, please bring it along to share. We will have tables set up for people to layout artifacts including collections provided by MHPC representing varied pre and postcontact sites. The lectures (technology in the archaeological field) will be followed by an indoor flint knapping demonstration. Lunch can be spent exploring the Arboretum (weather permitting) and after lunch we will gather to see, talk, and learn about the deep cultural and historical significance of the collections.

Location: Viles Arboretum in Augusta

Spring Annual Meeting

April 28, 2019 at 11 AM

The Maine Archaeological Society will be hosting its Spring Meeting with lectures on the development of 18th century commerce and community, Abenaki diplomatic warfare (1749-1754), and paleoindian excavation at the Michaud site. See our Facebook for more details.

Location: Bowdoin College in the Smith Auditorium

13th Annual Flint Knapp-In 2019

April 6, 2019 from 10 AM to 4 PM

Free admission and open to the public! Please come join us and take part in stone tool making, atal-atal throwing, prehistoric art drawings, Prehistoric Art presentations and much more! The first 15 people to arrive will be awarded a gift bag! Hope to see everyone there! Check us out on Facebook here.

Location: 37 College Avenue, Gorham, ME 04038 (Bailey Hall 3rd Floor)

Common Ground Fair

September 22nd to 23rd

The Maine Archaeological Society tabled at the Common Ground Country Fair on September 22nd and 23rd of 2018. 

Location: Unity, Maine

Fall Meeting

October 7, 2018

The meeting featured lectures on the history and archaeology of the Pownalborough Court House built in 1761, and the nearby Dresden Falls archaeological site. In the afternoon there was a tour of the Court House and open exhibits.

Location: Pownalborough Court House in Dresden, Maine


Contact Information

The Maine Archaeological Society

P.O. Box 982

Augusta, Maine 04332-0982

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