Radiocarbon age of the damariscotta shell heaps

American Antiquity



The large oyster shell heaps on both sides of the Damariscotta River, just north of the towns of Damariscotta and Newcastle, Maine, have been known for many years and both geologists and archaeologists have speculated about their age. During the summer of 1955 I made 2 collections of Mya shells from the largest shell heap on the west side of the river (Glidden estate) for radiocarbon age determinations.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Radiocarbon age of the damariscotta shell heaps
Series title American Antiquity
DOI 10.2307/276571
Volume 22
Issue 3
Year Published 1957
Language English
Publisher Society for American Archaeology
Description 1 p.
First page 296
Last page 296
Country United States
State Maine
City Newcastle and Damariscotta
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