The Fall Science Read book, The Swordfish Hunters: the history and ecology of an ancient American sea people about the Red Paint people who lived in Maine thousands of years ago are available for check out on the Cornerstones of Science shelves in the library.
Digital copies are available on the library Kindles or in the Maine Download Library.
Programs for the Fall Science Read are at noon on the following days:
- Wednesday, October 9
- Tuesday, October 15
- Wednesday, October 23
- Wednesday October 30
“Bruce Bourque’s The Swordfish Hunters captivated me as no recent book has. I could not put it down. Thousands of years ago, Maine’s Red Paint people were among the first maritime culture in the Americas. They could have subsisted on easily caught cod, but they chose to capture dangerous and elusive swordfish. Bourque explains beautifully the prehistory of these people, the evolution of archaeological thinking about them, and the myriad new scientific threads that shed new light on this old culture. Anyone with even a passing interest in New England’s deep maritime roots must read this book.”
—Robert Steneck, Professor of Marine Sciences, University of Maine