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Archaeology

Human activity throughout Maine has, over time, created a variety of archaeological sites.  These sites possess educational, scientific and social values that help us understand our heritage and contribute to our sense of the state as a unique place.

Archaeological sites, both prehistoric and historic, provide us with evidence of human life and culture in past ages.  Prehistoric archaeology, also know as pre-European archaeology, attempts to reconstruct the lifestyle of the original human inhabitants of Maine, Indians or Native Americans,  from the end of the Ice Age to the arrival of the Europeans and written history.  Historic archaeology analyzes the settlements and forts of the period from about 1600 on, helping to expand the historical record.  Historic archaeological sites may be associated with past events or people of significance in the history of the state.