Shell middens have been a long time object of archaeological interest. They are found all over the world,from Canada to Australia and all in between. In North America, the Whaleback shell middens of Maine are among the largest and have been of interest to scholars since the earliest colonial settlers in the 1600’s.
It was mined in the 1800’s for use as chicken feed, but it was painstakingly excavated by an archaeologist from the Peabody Museum who oversaw the removal of the shells.
The midden originally was thirty feet high and had three main layers of shells. In the bottom two layers, individual shells were generally 12–20 inches (30–50 cm) long. That’s one foot to almost two feet long, compare…
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