DAMARISCOTTA — The grounds of Lincoln County Historical Association’s Chapman-Hall House museum, on U.S. Route 1, are scheduled to be the site of an archaeological investigation during the first two weeks of September.

Tim Dinsmore of Midcoast Archaeology will direct the research of the site surrounding the 1754 house, 270 Main St. Dinsmore is a professional archaeologist who brings 30-plus years of experience in research, educational outreach and archaeological consulting. He has been involved in numerous historic archaeological projects, involving all phases of Maine archaeology, and specializes in 17th and 18th century sites.

The primary goal of the project is to sample the grounds around Chapman-Hall House through a controlled archaeological dig to enhance the knowledge of material objects used in the house throughout history. An authentic setting within the house museum is important in telling the stories of the Chapman and Hall families who lived in the house. Findings from this project may lead to updated interpretative material displayed in the house that accurately depicts the belongings of these two families. In addition, the results of the archaeological dig will be showcased in an exhibit.

A second objective will be to determine whether the purported 1754 date for the beginning occupancy of the house is accurate. Primary records documenting the date for the construction of the house do not exist, and the resulting date is derived from oral tradition. If a mid-18th century construction date for the Chapman-Hall House is accurate, then certain artifacts should be revealed in the upcoming archaeological work.

Everyday wares — particularly ceramics — are temporally diagnostic, and will aid in making a determination as to the construction date.

An equally important aspect of the Chapman-Hall House Archaeology Project is to welcome the community to observe the work and to learn the important role archaeology can play in interpreting the everyday lives of past peoples — in this case, the daily lives of the Chapman and Hall families.

The project will run Sept. 1-11 and is being sponsored by the Lincoln County Historical Association.

For more information, visit lincolncountyhistory.org.

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