Native American Foodways on Nantucket with Mary Lynne Rainey

Join us for a Food for Thought lecture by Mary Lynne Rainey about Native American Foodways on Nantucket.

Explore what Native Americans ate, and how they obtained it, using the archaeological evidence found through animal and botanical assemblages from sites across the island.

Mary Lynne Rainey is a Principal Senior Archaeologist at RGA, Inc. with over 30 years of experience in the field of cultural resource management (CRM). She holds a BA from West Chester University (PA), an MA from the University of Connecticut, and is on the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RGA).  During her career, Ms. Rainey directed dozens of CRM projects on Nantucket and analyzed island assemblages from prehistoric Native American, Contact Period, and historic EuroAmerican archaeological sites. Her work has helped to inform important research topics in Nantucket history and prehistory, such as Native American architecture, diet, community structure, and technology.  She was a colleague of the late Nantucket scholar, Dr. Elizabeth Alden Little (1926-2003), and developed the volume Nantucket and Other Native Places, The Legacy of Elizabeth Alden Little (published 2010) in her honor.


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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