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Book Launch On NB Archaeology – Dec 2nd

The Harriet Irving Library at the University of New Brunswick (UNBF) will be hosting a book launch on December 2nd for a new, expanded edition of Someone Before Us: Buried History in Central New Brunswick by George Frederick Clarke.

Dr. Clarke’s book tells the story of his life-long, pioneering archaeological work in the St. John River watershed. The first edition was published in 1968. The new edition features a major Afterword by Professor David W. Black (UNB Anthropology), which appraises Clarke’s work and updates NB archaeology since his time. Editor, Mary Bernard, has contributed a comprehensive introduction, which also provides valuable information for understanding the context and significance of Clarke’s archaeological work and the importance of his book. Extensive notes and references have been added to the new edition as well.

The book launch will take place from 4 -6 PM in the Milham Room (#100) on the first floor of the Harriet Irving Library. The program will begin with remarks by Mary Bernard, editor and Clarke’s granddaughter, via Skype from Cambridge, England. It will continue with reflections by grandson, Ian Bernard, and long time friend of the family, David Myles. Professor David Black will provide the main presentation on the book and Clarke’s place in NB archaeology.

The other Clarke books now in print are Six Salmon Rivers, Song of the Reel, The Ghost of Nackawick Portage (short stories), and Jimmy-Why and Noël Polchies: Their Adventures in the Great Woods (a book for young readers). Someone Before Us and the other Clarke’s books will be on display and available for purchase at the book launch. Clarke published thirteen books and was one of New Brunswick’s best-loved authors. The GFC Project is bringing them all back into print.

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Contact person for Chapel Street Editions

Keith Helmuth