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This Land Called Maine
12,000 Years In Maine
Maine Bounty: Woods, Sea And Granite
Made In Maine
Struggle For Identity
Gems and Minerals
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12,000 Years In Maine:  Evidence such as a walrus skull and woolly mammoth tusk suggest that these animals once lived in this harsh environment.
 
Please click on an image below to learn more 12,000 Years in Maine: Maine archaeology and prehistoric life are the focus of 12,000 Years in Maine. The exhibit includes a Paleo-Indian meat cache, a reconstruction of an archaeological dig, and more than two thousand artifacts and specimens dating from the end of the Ice Age through the 1800s.
After glaciers receded, Paleo-Indians arrived and hunted in a landscape much different than today’s. Evidence such as a walrus skull and woolly mammoth tusk suggest that these animals once lived in this harsh environment. Archaeological evidence of tools and weapons featured here are from a concentration of Paleo-Indian sites along the Magalloway River in western Maine. Shell middens along the coast provide an insight into how Maine’s native peoples lived. Shells, quills, and later, glass beads, were used to create elaborate decorative designs on clothing. Beginning about 3,000 years ago, Maine’s native peoples made and used pottery. Maine’s native peoples used baskets made of bark, wood and grasses for a variety of purposes. Birch bark canoes are known for their lightness, strength, and ease of handling. Artifacts from early French and English explorations.

 

Beginning July 1, 2009
The Maine State Museum is open Tuesday through Friday 9 AM to 5 PM
Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday and Monday - Closed

Closed all state holidays and state government closure days.  In 2009, state government closure days are July 6, August 7, September 4, October 9, and December 24.

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