The Archaeology of the Polpis Road Bicycle Path

Nantucket Island was first explored by Native American groups approximately 11,000 to 12,000 year ago during the early Holocene Paleolndian migration into the Northeast. From a small peak on the vast coastal plain to a remote island at sea, Nantucket’s dynamic terrain has been home to a succession of remarkable remarkably adaptive human groups and their decendents since the late glacial recession. Although a cohesive entity of contemporary Native Americans does exist on the island, undoubtedly there are individuals living in the region today who may trace their heritage, in part, to Nantucket Indian families.

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The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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