Isles of Shoals Historical and Research Association (ISHRA): Native Americans & the First Europeans at the Shoals

September 8, 2017 to September 10, 2017

Extensive archaeological digs on Smuttynose Island and elsewhere have uncovered surprising secrets of the past, including Native American artifacts dating back 6,000 years. Learn more about the early inhabitants of the Shoals and enjoy hands-on experience with the current dig at Smuttynose, plus time to relax and enjoy Star Island.

Program Leader:

Nathan D. Hamilton, Associate Professor of Archaeology, University of Southern Maine

Program Fee:

$60 per person

Room & Board Rates

These rates include lodging, meals, and ferry transportation.

ISHRA Standard Shared Standard Single Motel Shared Motel Single
Adult 18+ $313 $412 $382 $536

Ferry Schedule

Friday, September 8
Departure: Portsmouth 12:25 p.m.
Arrival: Star Island 1:25 p.m
Sunday, September 10
Departure: Star Island 3:15 p.m.
Arrival: Portsmouth 4:45 p.m.


Contact Nathan Hamilton at