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The Northeastern Archaeological Survey

The Northeastern Archaeological Survey is a collaborative effort among archaeologists at the University of New Brunswick, the University of New England, and the Canadian Museum of History. It is named in honour of the seminal archaeological research conducted under the heading of the Northeastern Archaeological Survey in New England and the Maritimes by archaeologists affiliated with the Robert S. Peabody Museum, notably Theodore Stoddard and Robert Dyson.

Our program of research is currently headed by:

  • Gabriel Hrynick, PhD is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of New Brunswick.
  • Matthew Betts, PhD is Curator of Eastern Archaeology at the Canadian Museum of History.
  • Arthur Anderson, PhD is Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of New England in Biddeford.
  • Katherine Patton, PhD is an assistant professor, teaching stream, at the University of Toronto.

We collaborate with a number of Indigenous and community partners, and other academics. Our program includes extensive graduate and undergraduate research and training.

Our research applies state of the art research methods to documenting the archaeological history of the Northeast. Currently, our work focuses on coastal sites that are threatened by coastal erosion and developing strategies to prioritize and salvage sites. Currently, this work focuses on Downeast Maine, southern Maine, and southern Nova Scotia. One major emphasis of this research is better understanding the cultural processes surrounding early European contact in the Far Northeast.

Our research is currently supported by SSHRC, National Geographic, and a Cordell Memorial Research Award, as well as a variety of internal funds. Facilities at UNB to support this work include the Northeast Archaeology Research Laboratory, under the direction of Dr. Hrynick.

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Representative recent publications

  • Lamb, Trevor. 2020. Etoli-sehtacuwok: Ceramic Vessel Use at the Middle and Late Maritime Woodland Period Reversing Falls Site, Cobscook Bay, Maine. Master of Arts, Anthropology, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton.
  • Anderson, A., and G. Hrynick. 2019. A Reported Hafted Biface from Pennamaquan Lake, Washington County, Maine. Maine Archaeological Society Bulletin 59(2):1–8.
  • Farley, W.A., A.N. Fox, and G. Hrynick. 2019. A Quantitative Dwelling-Scale Approach to the Social Implications of Maize Horticulture in New England. American Antiquity 84(2):274–291. 
  • Hrynick, M.G. Maritime Woodland Period Dwelling Surface Construction on the Coast of the Maritime Peninsula: Implications for Site Reuse and Intra-Site Space. Archaeology of Eastern North America 46:1–16. 2017
  • Hrynick, M.G., J. Webb, C.E. Shaw, and T.C. Testa. 2017. Late Maritime Woodland to Protohistoric Culture Change and Continuity at the Devil’s Head site, Calais, Maine. Archaeology of Eastern North America 45:85–108. 2016
  • Hrynick, M.G., and D.W. Black. 2016. Cultural Continuity in Maritime Woodland Period Domestic Architecture in the Quoddy Region. Canadian Journal of Archaeology 40(1):23–67.