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Abstract

Although classicists may claim that the archaeology of historical sites began with early investigations on a planned and recorded basis of the evidence of circum-Mediterranean antiquity, the beginning of the investigation of historical sites in North America may actually be demonstrated to extend to a time when classical archaeology as a methodology was equally primitive. In July of 1796, Robert Pagan of the little village of St. Andrews on what is now the New Brunswick side of Passamaquoddy Bay, took a copy of Samuel de Champlain’s map and proceeded up the bay into the then-named Scoodic River and in a few miles reached a little island known at the time as Doceas. Pagan then undertook what must be regarded as the earliest recorded instance of archaeology applied at an historical site in North America for an express purpose (Cotter 1969:200).

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Historical Archaeology American Archaeology Peabody Museum Proton Magnetometer Quarterly Bulletin 
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