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Have any of your readers ever encountered a published account of a find of a Stephen I Silver Penny in the Damariscotta Whaleback
Shell Midden? Figure 1 below shows the scope of the oyster shell heap. Natives harvested oysters along the Damariscotta River for perhaps
2000 years. A considerable number of archaeological artifacts were encountered by the Peabody Museum and the workers excavating the site
for lime and "chicken scratch". The silver penny was supposedly found in the working face of the heap.
Interesting. I've not heard of any such coin find. Can anyone help? Thanks. -Editor
Archaeological evidence indicates that about 12,000 years ago, people began migrating into areas that had once been occupied by the last
great ice sheets, including the region we know today as Maine. From the middle and late 1800's up to the present time, researchers have
studied places where these people left evidence of how they lived. In the coastal region of Maine, shell middens, also known as shell heaps
or mounds, are one of the more common types of sites that document methods of food-gathering. Two of these middens are by far the deepest
such sites on the Atlantic coast north of St. John's River in Florida (Bourque and Weddle, 1995).
For more information, see:
The Damariscotta River Oyster Shell Middens
Wayne Homren, Editor
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