Date of Award

2008

Level of Access

Campus-Only Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

History

Advisor

Kristin D. Sobolik

Second Committee Member

Liam Riordan

Third Committee Member

Scott W. See

Abstract

In 1718-19, Captain Robert Temple, negotiated the purchase of land along the Kennebec River in Maine from the Clark and Lake Company, and brought settlers from Ireland to establish a new settlement called Cork. The settlers arrived in Maine during a time of great conflict between the English, the French and Native Americans. This conflict resulted in Captain Temple abandoning the settlement and selling the land to Job Lewis. In the mid-1980s an archaeological excavation by Ted Bradstreet was conducted on the land once owned by Temple and Lewis, at the time the source of the recovered artifacts was unknown. Clay tobacco pipestem and faunal analysis in conjunction with historical research will reveal the identity of those who created the artifacts.

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