October 12, 2012. This we call New England has only been settled by Europeans since the 1600s.
The first people to live here came more than 10,000 years ago. Recent discoveries put the history of the native people in the Americans back more than 30,000 years. Mr. McNiff will delve into that story, about what we know and how we know it, and what can be speculated about the so called “New England”.
John McNiff is a gifted story teller. A Rhode Island native, raised in Warwick, he attended Rhode Island College and received his BA in History with a minor in Anthropology in 1979. After studying archaeology in England and working on numerous archaeological projects throughout New England, he received his MA in Anthropology, specializing in archaeology, in 1990 from SUNY Binghamton. In 1996 John began working with the National Park Service and in 1997 was stationed as a Park Ranger at the Roger Williams National Memorial on North Main Street in Providence.