Sunday, January 19, 2020

Old Bridgewater Historical Society Program Announced

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society will present a lecture entitled “Native American Constructions of the Eastern Seaboard” on Sunday, January 26th beginning at 1p.m. Dr. Curtiss Hoffman will be the speaker.

Scattered throughout the woodlands and fields of the eastern seaboard of the United States and Canada are tens of thousands of stone monuments. These stone constructions have been the subject of debate among archaeologists and antiquarians for the past seventy-five years. Regional descendent indigenous communities for the preservation of these monuments call them “stone prayers”. They help to protect the monuments from encroachment and desecration by development interests. This talk will provide strong evidence that many of these structures are indeed indigenous sacred sites as the Native people claim.

Dr. Curtiss Hoffman holds a PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from Yale University. Since 1973 he has directed field operations at archaeological sites in southern New England. He is a Full Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Bridgewater State University, a position he has held since 1978. He is past president of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society and currently serves as the editor of its bulletin.

The lecture will be held at the OBHS Memorial Building, located at 162 Howard Street, West Bridgewater. A $5 donation to the Old Bridgewater Historical Society is suggested, but not required. Light refreshments will be served.

Native American Constructions is sponsored by the Old Bridgewater Historical Society, a private organization, started in 1894, dedicated to the collection, preservation, and publication of history relating to the original Bridgewater area, which includes the towns of Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, and the city of Brockton. For more information, visit the OBHS website at

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