New book details Isles of Shoals off Maine, NH

Posted April 07, 2012, at 4:14 p.m.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — An upcoming book about the Isles of Shoals off the New Hampshire and Maine coasts traces 6,000 years of history at one of the tiny islands.

Author and historian J. Dennis Robinson says 250,000 artifacts were unearthed on rocky Smuttynose Island, one of the islands in the group that straddles the Maine-New Hampshire border 6 miles offshore.

The book, called “Under the Isles of Shoals,” is due out in May. It features over 180 images of rare artifacts and student “diggers” at work.

The book will be published by the Portsmouth Marine Society, now operated by the Portsmouth Historical Society. It will accompany a new exhibit opening at Discover Portsmouth from May through September.