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Goodby takes us back 12,000 years ago in Keene

Presentation on “Paleoindian Life at the Tenant Swamp Site” offered at Franklin Pierce University

Sept. 17, 2010

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RINDGE, NH - Dr. Robert G. Goodby, an expert on ancient archaeology, takes us back to the Paleoindian period 12,000 years ago in his archaeological excavation of the Tenant Swamp Site in Keene. This informational presentation is hosted by Franklin Pierce University on Thursday, Sept. 23 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Pierce Hall on the Rindge campus. The public is welcome and admission is free. 

Goodby’s excavations took place at the new Keene Middle School between the months of May and June 2010. This expedition led to finding four concentrations of artifacts, each representing an individual household, from the end of the last ice age, roughly 12,000 years before present time. Stone tools, plant remains and burned animal bones shed light on household organization, economy and technology, and reveal social networks that extended hundreds of miles across northern New England. The Tenant Swamp Site is one of the two oldest sites in Cheshire County, and represents the beginning of human occupancy in the Monadnock region.

Goodby is an associate professor of anthropology at Franklin Pierce University, in Rindge, N.H. He attained his Ph.D. from Brown University in 1994, and has done archaeological research in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He is an author of more than 100 technical reports on New England prehistoric archaeology, past president of the New Hampshire Archeological Society and an executive board member of the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture.


Franklin Pierce University is a private, regionally accredited university grounded in the liberal arts, with a focus on personal attention and high-quality instruction. The University consists of the College at Rindge and the College of Graduate & Professional Studies. Degrees are offered through the doctoral level.

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