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Abenaki researcher inspires young archeologists

  • Fourth grader Jeremy Saxton, left, shows Dr. Robert Goodby the digging site that the "mining club" has begun digging up during recess, during Dr. Goodby's visit, Friday.

    Fourth grader Jeremy Saxton, left, shows Dr. Robert Goodby the digging site that the "mining club" has begun digging up during recess, during Dr. Goodby's visit, Friday.

  • Dr. Robert Goodby presents his top ten things to know about the Abenaki and archeology for Brianne Bastarache's fourth grade social studies class at the Antrim Elementary School, Friday.

    Dr. Robert Goodby presents his top ten things to know about the Abenaki and archeology for Brianne Bastarache's fourth grade social studies class at the Antrim Elementary School, Friday.

  • Holding atlatls used by the Abenaki people to help throw spears to hunt the woolly mammoth, archeologist Dr. Robert Goodby poses with fourth graders of the Antrim Elementary School, Friday, after a atlatl demonstration. Back row from left to right, Maggie Baribault, Carter Harting Rodgers, Dr. Robert Goodby, Jaxon Salamy, Huginn Somero and Chloe Griggs. Front row from left to right, Lizzie Jessie, Shayla Isotti and Emily Waniski.

    Holding atlatls used by the Abenaki people to help throw spears to hunt the woolly mammoth, archeologist Dr. Robert Goodby poses with fourth graders of the Antrim Elementary School, Friday, after a atlatl demonstration. Back row from left to right, Maggie Baribault, Carter Harting Rodgers, Dr. Robert Goodby, Jaxon Salamy, Huginn Somero and Chloe Griggs. Front row from left to right, Lizzie Jessie, Shayla Isotti and Emily Waniski.

  • Fourth grader Jeremy Saxton, left, shows Dr. Robert Goodby the digging site that the "mining club" has begun digging up during recess, during Dr. Goodby's visit, Friday.
  • Dr. Robert Goodby presents his top ten things to know about the Abenaki and archeology for Brianne Bastarache's fourth grade social studies class at the Antrim Elementary School, Friday.
  • Holding atlatls used by the Abenaki people to help throw spears to hunt the woolly mammoth, archeologist Dr. Robert Goodby poses with fourth graders of the Antrim Elementary School, Friday, after a atlatl demonstration. Back row from left to right, Maggie Baribault, Carter Harting Rodgers, Dr. Robert Goodby, Jaxon Salamy, Huginn Somero and Chloe Griggs. Front row from left to right, Lizzie Jessie, Shayla Isotti and Emily Waniski.

After the completion of the Abenaki unit of a Social Studies class for the fourth grade at the Antrim Elementary School, archaeologist Dr. Robert Goodby visited Brianne Bastarache’s class to share his findings of the Abenaki people Friday. Bastarache said in an interview Monday that her students were fascinated by Goodby’s presentation of his top 10 things to know about the Abenaki and archeology. Goodby also demonstrated how these Native Americans used the “atlatl” to help throw their spears to hunt the great woolly mammoth. During the atlatl demonstration, some students who formed a mining club showed Goodby their excavation site, where they plan to dig stuff up during recess.

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