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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NEARA is conducting an ambitious project to use OSL dating at many well-known sites throughout the Northeast.
NEW! Some preliminary results are in: Preliminary OSL Dating Results.
Read an earlier article about it at: OSL dating project.
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.
There is an article about the research in the April 2021 Transit.
The vote was primarily conducted electronically. However, there were 13 paper ballots that were mailed to members.
For President, the results were: Harvey Buford: 128 (electronic: 122, paper: 6)
For 2nd VicePresident, the results were: Terry Deveau: 130 (electronic: 124, paper: 6)
For Secretary, the results were: Teresa Bierce: 131 (electronic: 125, paper: 6)
For the four open Director-at-Large positions, the results were as follows:
The proposed Bylaws Changes to create the Preservation Committee PASSED.
The votes were: YES: 101 (electronic: 95, paper: 6), NO: 4 (electronic: 4, paper: 0)
See the updated Bylaws PDF file at NEARA Bylaws 2021.
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We are pleased to announce that we are entertaining visitors again to the NEARA Library and Archives in Nashua NH.
But you can still visit us online. Our online catalog is 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. You do not need to be a member of NEARA to purchase books.
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.
We are expecting to hold the Fall 2021 Conference at Camp Wightman in North Stonington CT on 5-7 November 2021. Please mark your calendars. Camp Wightman on Google Maps
Read more about NEARA Conferences.
Tom Elmore shares his video about NEARA's project to make a 3D LiDAR scan of Newport Tower.
We had a wonderful webinar on using relatively new technologies together for recording, preserving, and exploring sites:
The webinar happened on Friday 19 March 2021, but you can watch the recorded session at: Triad of Technologies video.
Jim Wilson made a great presentation to the Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley. You can view it on Facebook at: The Mysteries of Constructed Stone Landscapes.
Jim Wilson adds: "I would like to correct an error in my presentation. It was local avocational archeologist Ed Henning who was the champion of, and deserves the credit for the recording of the Pocono Creek Watershed CSL in Monroe County with the PA State Historic Preservation Office. I mistakenly cited Ed Lenik in my talk. My apologies to Mr. Henning for that misattribution."
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