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UNION’S PALEO-INDIANS

Posted Oct. 25, 2013, at 10:42 a.m.
Union’s Paleo-Indian Site
Union’s Paleo-Indian Site

Union Historical Society will meet at the Old Town House on Town House Road, just off Union Common, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday November 6. Society member Jeff Nims will give an illustrated presentation on “Union’s Paleo-Indians”.

During construction of a house on their Clarry Hill property in the summer of 1999, Jeff and Betty Nims discovered about 700 Paleo-Indian artifacts ranging in size from a thumb-nail to a zucchini. After an inspection by then state archaeologist Harbour Mitchell, the area was registered as an archaeological site, the only known Paleo-Indian site in Union. Most of the artifacts are remnants from making tools such as flint spear-points and they include two hammerstones, used for the breaking of flint. Nims will discuss the site and its excavation, as well as giving information on the Paleo-Indians, their lives and hunting methods in 8,500 BC.

Jeff and Betty have enjoyed beach combing for Native American artifacts for many years and find new beaches by kayaking to coastal islands.  Little did they expect to discover artifacts in their own back yard.  Now semi-retired, they produce wild blueberries on their 15 acres and garden extensively.  Jeff recently completed a historical novel about the French and Indian raid on Deerfield, Massachusetts.

Following the program refreshments will be served by hosts Donna Busch and Margie Margolis. All meetings of Union Historical Society are free and open to the public. Union Historical Society owns and maintains the Robbins House on Union Common, the Cobb’s Ledge historic site on Town House Road, and the Old Town House, also located on Town House Road and available to rent for functions. Membership is $5.00 per year. For more information, call 785-5444 and leave a message, or visit www.unionhistoricalsociety.org.

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