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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We visited Dr. Frouin's newly-opened laboratory in August 2021. Walter van Roggen wrote this "trip report".
Peter Anick made a July 2021 visit to a dig site on Cole's Hill in Plymouth MA: Digging for Vestiges of Old Plymouth
This issue of NEARA's journal includes these articles:
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A 3D model of the surface, produced by a laser scan in 2015, is now viewable at Dighton Rock 3D Scans.
The NEARA Fall 2021 Conference had 8 presentations via Zoom on Saturday 6 November 2021 and 7 field trips in the real world the next day. Details are at the Fall 2021 Conference.
Read more about NEARA Conferences.
NEW: we have added a page that describes our BOOK and MAGAZINE and MAP SALE.
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. 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.
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.
This issue of NEARA's newsletter includes these articles:
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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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