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New England Antiquities Research Association

What does NEARA do?

Observant visitors to America’s northeastern forests have long encountered various stone structures. These include stone chambers, stone piles, unusual stone walls and circles, propped boulders, petroglyphs and stone or earthen mounds. NEARA was founded in 1964 to promote research into the origins and functions of these structures and sites, to document them and encourage their protection and preservation. Volunteers participate in the search for new sites and enjoy the challenge of better understanding them through the lenses of history, archaeology, anthropology and geology, as well as fields such as archaeoastronomy, deed research, and epigraphy.

Our semiannual meetings provide an opportunity for sharing research on a wide array of subjects, from the early peopling of the Americas, diffusion of cultural features across oceans in antiquity, Native American traditions, to the colonial period. Mythology, astronomy, comparative religion, agricultural practices, landscape studies and remote sensing are all areas we have explored. Our meetings and publications offer a forum for studying these diverse subjects, in an effort to better understand our region and its global context.

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CANCELLED: 56th Annual NEARA Fall Conference

Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Directors has decided to cancel the fall conference. Depending on the conditions, we may hold the 2021 Spring Conference from April 30 to May 2 at Camp Wightman in North Stonington CT. Please mark your calendars. Camp Wightman on Google Maps

Read more about NEARA Conferences.


Research at New Hampshire Sites

The Research Committee and the New Hampshire State Archaeologist are conducting excavations at sites in New Hampshire. The sites in Hillsborough and Deerfield each have a variety of interesting stone structures. We have performed both sedimentary OSL dating and rock surface OSL dating at these sites. Some laboratory analysis will happen soon, but results may depend on waiting a year to get better dosimeter readings from where the samples were taken in the ground.


Update on NEARA's OSL Dating Project

NEARA is conducting an ambitious project to use OSL dating at many well-known sites throughout the Northeast. Read about it at OSL dating project.


The NEARA Library

You can't attend the Fall Conference. Are you looking for things to do instead? Consider the NEARA Library. You can now visit us online! Our catalog is online at NEARA Library. To borrow a book or video you must be a current member of NEARA.

With the move of the Library to its new location, we have been finding a lot of duplicate books that the Library cannot really afford to keep any more. These books are now for sale. See the complete list at NEARA Library books for sale. Note: this list is changing, so you may want to come back every week.

If you are a member of NEARA, you can see photos and some archived documents and photos at SiteDB.org. See how sites and people(!) looked like back in the 1960's - 1980's. Also, as a member of NEARA, you can read all of the Journals and Transits that NEARA has ever published.

Read more about the NEARA Library and Archives.


A New Membership Year

Annual NEARA memberships start each July, so please renew your membership. Or become a lifetime member! Join Our Email List

NEARA members can view parts of our online Archives at SiteDB.org and can borrow books from the online NEARA Library. NEARA members also receive the NEARA Journals and NEARA Transit newsletters electronically or in printed form.


Election Results

For the Director-at-Large positions, the results are as follows:
David Brody: 97, Derek Gunn: 96, Jim Haskins: 96, Tom Paul: 96

The votes for the Bylaws Change (to permit electronic voting) were:
YES: 87, NO: 7
See the updated Bylaws PDF file at NEARA Bylaws 2020.


Current NEARA Transit

Something to read while you are at home. If you are a member on our email list, you should have received a copy of this issue by email.


Current NEARA Journal

NEARA members can receive the latest NEARA Journals and NEARA Transit newsletters electronically or in printed form.