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The Hardwick Town House was at capacity Sunday afternoon as people from all over the area came to learn more about Finding Native American Artifacts. Thank you to Jen, Mark, Charlie and Boo for sharing their passion for finding and preserving, mostly stone, artifacts left by native peoples that inhabited the local area. By walking recently plowed fields, near waterways or other ideal settlement locations, anyone willing to spend hours searching the ground might find a piece of history. You might find an arrowhead, drill, adze, grinding stone or some other stone shaped to make life easier. Native peoples had tremendous skills in shaping stone to make useful things. No doubt other materials like bone and plant parts were similarly worked, just less durable so we don’t find them anymore.

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A full house listens to speakers as they describe some of the artifacts found on the surface of fields or water’s edge.

An array of native American artifacts found over the years in central Massachusetts that show the ingenuity and skill of native peoples.

An array of native American artifacts found over the years in central Massachusetts that show the ingenuity and skill of native peoples.

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