Submerged Prehistory

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Submerged Prehistoric Landscape Survey in Blue Hill Bay, Maine

Prehistoric stone biface: The Lunt biface (ca. 9,000 years old) recovered by scallop fishermen in Blue Hill Bay, Maine in the 1990s.Prehistoric stone biface: The Lunt biface (ca. 9,000 years old) recovered by scallop fishermen in Blue Hill Bay, Maine in the 1990s.In 2007-2008, IMH participated in a 2-year submerged prehistoric landscape survey in Maine under the direction of Stefan Claesson and the University of New Hampshire (UNH). Supported by a grant from NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, the survey explored a region of Blue Hill Bay, Maine for the presence of submerged prehistoric landscapes and archaeological sites.

Prehistoric Artifacts Found In Blue Hill Bay, Maine

Fishermen Interviews by East Carolina University Graduate Reveal Locations of Prehistoric Artifacts and Shipwrecks In June 2006, Franklin Price (M.A.) of Bernard, Maine, and recent graduate of East Carolina University, received a grant from IMH and the Fund for the Preservation of Maine's Maritime Heritage (http://www.maritimehistory.org/support.html) interview fishermen about the locations of shipwrecks and submerged prehistoric sites in Blue Hill Bay, Maine. "Fishermen know their coasts and fishing grounds. The fishing community is as likely as any to know the locations of cultural resources within their fishing areas," says Price. In fact, scallop draggers from Blue Hill Bay in the 1980s and 1990s recovered stone biface tools from depths of up to nearly 200 feet below sea level. A recent interview by Price revealed other remarkable examples of Native American gouges and a spear point that were hauled by a Blue Hill Bay scallop dragger from approximately 20-30 meters below sea level. These new finds are tentatively dated to ca. 8,000 - 6,000 BP.

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