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Friday, April 29, 2005

Dig Spotlight: In the Footsteps of Champlain

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1605 A.D. -- On the banks of the Saco River in Maine, the famous French explorer and cartographer Samuel de Champlain came in contact with inhabitants of the Native American village of Chouacoet. The encounter is documented for history, but the exact location and many of the physical characteristics of the village of that time are still a mystery. Scholars have a hunch concerning the approximate area of its remains, and will be leading a group of willing volunteers to look for its archaeological footprint, with the help of historical maps and charts created by Champlain, himself. You can be a part of this exploration from August 14 -- 19, 2005, including the opportunity to participate in lectures on field and lab techniques. Contact Becky Cole-Will at curator@abbemuseum.org or by phone at 207-288-3519 or 207-288-8979, to determine if there is a space available.


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