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Belfast Senior College

Belfast's Hidden Prehistory

with Steve Hutchings


The mid-coast region of Maine has an incredible amount of archeological studies and excavations, perhaps more than any other place in the United States. Belfast is rarely mentioned and has no official Native American historic research, although its river's name may be translated as "fishing for sturgeons by torchlight". I have spent 6 years researching the history and collecting artifacts above the walking bridge. I will share that research and present one version of past native American activity along with related artifacts.

Steve Hutchings grew up in the historic seaport town of Marblehead Mass where he had no choice but to develop a love of history. With a freshly minted degree in Marine Biology (master's in education later) moved to Mid Coast Maine in 1976 and is a 40-year retired High School educator having taught both Environmental Science and Mathematics at Belfast Area High School and Medomak Valley High. For the past seven years, he has delved into the study of Pre-historic Maine and in particular the activity in the Mid-Coast area. Through researching Archaeological literature and practical hands-on study of ground stone local artifacts, he has developed a good working knowledge of artifacts and the culture of the Stone Age that he hopes to share. He enjoys almost any activity involving the water or woods and collects objects of interest some of which he finds in the ground. Teaching developed into his calling and the collecting and study of Indian artifacts and their culture is his passion.

  • Jan 18 - Feb 22nd, 2022
    Tue for 6 weeks from 9:30 - 11:00 am

    Will run


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