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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

The Little Colony That Couldn't

Chris Perridas points us toward a short article in the March/April issue of Archaeology about the short-lived settlement at Popham.
The site is a lovely half acre of grassy land at Popham Beach State Park on Sabino Head, a point overlooking the Kennebec's blue waters, evergreen forests, and the village's curving shore. This past September, a dozen crew members were intently working eight excavation pits cleanly cut into the ground. At the bottom of the largest were traces of the colony's storehouse: black stains that were once burnt posts and some pine tree knots, the remnants of 400-year-old timbers that have otherwise rotted away. [Link]
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