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History and Archaeology

The Taunton is rich in history. The area served as a vital waterway for Native American Settlements as well as Colonial settlements. Paleo Indian artifacts have been found in the Taunton River area dating back as far as 12,000 years.

There are historic sites of Native American trails, river crossings, settlements, remains of cololian grist mills, ship building yars, industrial iron works, as well as paper and textil milles found all along the Taunton River.

With the help of some of our local historians, we have been able to compile a moderately extensive written history of the archaeology of the Taunton River watershed. You can download these documents here.