Goodby to discuss Abenaki

Chamberlin Free Public Library will host Dr. Robert Goodby for a free talk entitled “12,000 Years Ago in the Granite State” on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.

The native Abenaki people played a central role in the history of the Monadnock region, defending it against English settlement, forcing the abandonment of Keene and other Monadnock area towns during the French and Indian Wars.

Goodby will discuss how the depth of Native history was revealed when an archaeological study prior to construction of the new Keene Middle School led to traces of four structures dating to the end of the Ice Age. Undisturbed for 12,000 years, the site revealed information about the economy, gender roles, and household organization of the Granite State’s first inhabitants, as well as evidence of social networks that extended for hundreds of miles across northern New England.

For further information, call the library at 878-1105.

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