Journey Through Time: Uncovering 13,000 Years of Native American History with Dr. Robert Goodby

Join us at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge for a captivating lecture titled “A Quick Trip Through Time: The First 13,000 Years of Human History in New England” presented by Dr. Robert G. Goodby. As a distinguished Anthropology professor at Franklin Pierce University, Dr. Goodby brings over four decades of expertise in studying Native American archaeological sites across New England.

In this lecture, Dr. Goodby delves into the arrival of Native Americans in New England nearly 13,000 years ago, a period marked by dramatic climate shifts and the final days of mammoths. He’ll explore how Native Americans have endured, adapted, and thrived over millennia, creating a legacy deeply rooted in the region. Expect fascinating insights into archaeological findings from the Parker River and other key sites in New England.

Dr. Goodby’s presentation will not only focus on the ancient past but also address the continuity of Native American culture through the centuries. He will shed light on how these early inhabitants ingeniously utilized the natural resources around them, from fishing along the Parker River to cultivating the fertile lands of New England. The talk promises to be an enlightening journey, revealing how these early innovations and adaptations have shaped the landscape and culture we know today. This segment of the lecture will be particularly engaging, offering a unique perspective on the enduring relationship between humans and nature in this region.

In addition to historical insights, Dr. Goodby will discuss the ongoing relevance of archaeological studies in our understanding of climate change and environmental stewardship. The stories unearthed from these ancient sites provide valuable lessons on sustainability and respect for the natural world, themes that resonate deeply with the mission of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Participants will leave with a greater appreciation for the rich tapestry of human history in New England and an enhanced understanding of the role we all play in preserving our natural and cultural heritage.

📅 Date: Saturday, December 9, 2023

⏰ Time: 1:00 – 2:15 PM

📍 Location: Parker River NWR Visitor Center Auditorium, 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950

🔗 Zoom Option: Pre-register at for virtual participation

This free event is proudly sponsored by Friends of Parker River NWR Inc. and Parker River NWR.