Press Release

Colonial Pemaquid annual archaeological dig in progress

BRISTOL, Maine — The annual archaeological dig at Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site began Monday, July 22, and will continue through Friday, July 26, at the site in Bristol.

Professional archaeologists will begin excavating the enlisted men’s quarters from two 17th century forts on the grounds. The officers’ quarters of these forts were fully excavated in the 1970s, but the enlisted men’s quarters have never been explored. Retired State Archaeologist Leon “Lee” Cranmer is the principal archaeologist for the dig.

The first day of the dig yielded a foundation wall along with coins, buttons, a cannon ball, a trunk lock and other items.

The dig is sponsored by the Friends of Colonial Pemaquid

Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site is at the location of a 1600s village, fishing station and the site of three different forts from that time period. It is listed as a National Historic Landmark because of its rich archaeological resources. The site is three miles north of the Pemaquid lighthouse just off of Route 130 in Bristol, 12 miles south of Damariscotta.

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