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Tea & Popovers Archaeology

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The Abbe Museum's popular annual event will focus on Maine's petroglyphs

BAR HARBOR The Abbe Museum's annual Tea & Popovers Archaeology program will take place on Monday, Oct. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Jordan Pond House. Chris Sockalexis, tribal historic preservation officer for the Penobscot Nation, will present on Maine petroglyphs. The cost is $20 for Abbe members and $30 for non-members.

'The annual Tea & Popovers Archaeology program is a perennial favorite with our passionate archaeology fans at the Abbe,' said Director of Collections and Interpretation Julia Clark. 'This year we have a special opportunity to hear from a Wabanaki archaeologist about his own ancestors and what he continues to learn from them through archaeology.'

Petroglyph sites are found throughout the world within various landscapes, each with their own distinct meanings to the local inhabitants. This presentation will focus on the two highest concentrations of petroglyphs here in Maine - Machias Bay and the Kennebec River. Petroglyphs are images pecked or incised into bedrock, and they may provide information to help us better understand the prehistoric past of Native American people living in Maine. This program offers a unique interpretive analysis of the petroglyphs of Maine from a Wabanaki perspective.

Chris Sockalexis, Penobscot, recently joined the Abbe Museum Board of Trustees. He is currently conducting research pertaining to cultural identity and boundaries and maritime adaptation in Frenchman Bay at the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine. Sockalexis began researching Maine's petroglyphs with his father in 1985, and today he continues to work with other archaeologists and Wabanaki people to gain a better understanding of why petroglyphs were made, who made them and what these sacred images mean.

'Analyzing petroglyphs is an important aspect of trying to understand Indigenous thoughts or ideas before writing became prevalent,' said Sockalexis. 'I feel that an interpretive analysis of Maine petroglyphs by Wabanaki people may provide a greater insight as to what these sacred images represent and why specific locations of petroglyph sites are significant to the people who created them.'

Reservations are required, and the cost is $20 for Abbe members and $30 for non-members. Please note that tickets sell quickly. Contact the Abbe Museum at (207) 288-3519 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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