Exploring Archaeology

NHA University Virtual Lecture:
The Archaeology of Submerged Paleolandscapes: Nantucket Sound
and Beyond with David Robinson
Tuesday, January 19
at 5:30pm EST
Held Via Zoom
$5 for non-members
FREE for members
Over the past two decades, the archaeology of submerged paleolandscapes drowned by post-glacial global sea level rise has developed from a theoretical to an actualized research endeavor in North America. Advances in the technologies, methodologies, theories, and approaches for locating drowned, formerly terrestrial, ancient landscapes underwater have successfully identified for the first time intact paleolandforms and ancient Indigenous cultural materials preserved in situ. Research conducted in the waters of Nantucket Sound and nearby Rhode Island has been at the forefront of this development. This presentation will provide an overview of some of this recent research, its results, the sites that have been found, and the knowledge gained, as well as propose several goals for future research in Nantucket Sound and beyond.
Map Collection Highlight
Nantucket Sound in 1675
This map is a rare first edition of the earliest navigational chart of Cape Cod and the Islands, created by Dutch cartographer Arent Roggeveen in 1675. A generous gift from the Friends of the Nantucket Historical Association, this chart is the first detailed mapping of the area around Cape Cod, extending from Rhode Island up to Plymouth.

Arent Roggeveen, born in 1628 in the Netherlands, was steward of navigational charts and documents for the Dutch East and West India Companies. He compiled the first series of large-scale charts of North America’s coastlines, a landmark, as many had never been mapped in such detail.
Alice and Albert Shurrocks’s
Nantucket Native American Collection
Historic Photo Highlight
Satellite view of Nantucket Sound, July 17, 1974. P6652.
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