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Digging Into Native History in New Hampshire

Abenaki history has been reduced to near-invisibility as a result of conquest, a conquering culture that placed little value on the Indian experience, and a strategy of self-preservation that required many Abenaki to go “underground,” concealing their true identities for generations to avoid discrimination and persecution. Robert Goodby reveals archaeological evidence that shows their deep presence here, inches below the earth’s surface. 

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Goodby, Robert
Franklin Pierce University
40 University Drive
Rindge, NH 03461
Home Phone: 603-446-2366
Work Phone: 603-899-4362

 Robert Goodby is an associate professor of Anthropology at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge. He holds a PhD in anthropology from Brown University, and has devoted his career to the study of Native American archaeological sites in New England. He is an executive board member of the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture at Franklin Pierce, where he founded and directs the Monadnock Archaeological Project, is a past president of the New Hampshire Archeological Society, is a Trustee of the Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, and was recently appointed by New Hampshire Governor John Lynch to the newly-created New Hampshire Commission on Native American Affairs. In 2010 he directed the excavations of four 12,000 year old Paleoindian dwelling sites at the Tenant Swamp site in Keene.

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