Early Shipwrights along the Damariscotta

August 12 2021 7pm to 8pm

Tim Dinsmore, Historical Archaeologist

Historical archaeologist Tim Dinsmore will present over thirty years of archaeological research he has directed on the 18th-century Barstow and Bryant Shipbuilding Complex located along the west bank of the upper Damariscotta River in Newcastle, Midcoast, Maine. Mr. Dinsmore’s talk will focus on what has been learned from the excavation of the homestead sites of these two early shipwrights and how archaeological data can play an important role in detailing the daily lives of colonial shipwrights and their families.

Tim Dinsmore

Tim Dinsmore has thirty years of experience in research, educational outreach, and archaeological consulting. He has been involved in numerous historic archaeological projects involving all phases of Maine archaeology. Mr. Dinsmore specializes in 17th and 18th century historic archaeological sites but has worked on 19th and 20th century sites as well.  His experience includes directing Phase I historic archaeological surveys for proposed water lines, gas plants, communication towers, subdivisions and for relicensing of hydro facilities. Furthermore, Mr. Dinsmore has conducted numerous archaeological research projects in mid-coast Maine including a major 30-year study of the 18th-century Barstow and Bryant Shipbuilding Complex along the Damariscotta River in Newcastle. He has worked in the past on a consulting basis with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, York Institute, University of Maine at Farmington and Orono, Friends of the Maine State Museum, Henry Knox House Museum, Fort Western Museum and collaborated with various archaeological, environmental and engineering consulting firms. Dinsmore has also participated in archaeological research through a collaboration with Monmouth University (NJ) at the former 18th/19th-century Orange Valley Sugar Plantation in Jamaica, West Indies. Dinsmore operates and is the sole proprietor of Midcoast Archaeology. Dinsmore holds a B.A. degree in anthropology from the University of Maine at Orono and attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia for graduate work.

Cellar to the Bryant-Baker Taver site in Newcastle. Home of shipwright Nathaniel Bryant from 1764-1803
The lecture is available either in-person or by zoom

Bath Freight Shed
27 Commercial St
Bath Maine 04530