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Archaelogical Dig at Colonial Pemaquid

July 23, 2013
Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

The annual archaeological dig at Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site will take place from Monday, July 22 through Friday, July 26 at the site in Bristol, Maine. Professional archaeologists will begin excavating the enlisted men’s quarters from two seventeenth century forts on the grounds. The officers’ quarters of these forts were fully excavated in the 1970s but the enlisted quarters have never been explored. Retired State Archaeologist Leon “Lee” Cranmer is the principal archaeologist for the dig.

Members of the media are invited to visit the site, see the latest discoveries, and speak with the archaeologists on Thursday afternoon, July 25th from 1:00pm on.

The first day of the dig yielded a foundation wall along with coins, buttons, a cannon ball, a trunk lock and other items.

The dig is sponsored by the Friends of Colonial Pemaquid http://www.friendsofcolonialpemaquid.org/

Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site is at the location of a 1600s village, fishing station and the site of three different forts from that time period. It is listed as a National Historic Landmark because of its rich archaeological resources. The site is three miles north of the Pemaquid lighthouse just off of Route 130 in Bristol, 12 miles south of Damariscotta.

For more information about the site visit: http://www.maine.gov/colonialpemaquid

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