Dr. Kevin McBride, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Connecticut & Director of Research, Mashantucket Pequot Museum
Dr. McBride will use archaeology to paint a picture of the first inhabitants of Little Narragansett Bay and Block Island Sound. And a long history it is – McBride’s research on Block Island has revealed Native American settlements 2,500 years old! The first major confrontations between colonists and Native Americans took place in the region of Mystic, Stonington, Westerly, and Charlestown. Our coastal setting played a prominent role in the early history of New England.
Bio Brief: Dr. McBride is an archaeologist specializing in Native American history of southern New England. He is THE authority on the pre-colonial history of our region. McBride’s studies include the discovery of an ancient settlement of Manisses Indians on Block Island, description of the Pequot Massacre in Mystic (first war on the continent between English settlers and native Americans), and surveying archaeological sites along the southern Rhode Island coast that were exposed by erosion during Hurricane Sandy. Napatree Point was one of the study sites in the post-Sandy assessment.
6:00 PM – Chaplin B. Barnes Reading Room
One Bay Street,
Watch Hill, RI