University of Southern Maine professors Robert Sanford and Nathan Hamilton’s archaeological work on Malaga Island was featured in the Portland Press Herald.
Sanford, a professor and chair of USM’s Environmental Science and Policy Department, and Hamilton, an associate professor of Archaeology, first surveyed the island in 1988-1989.
The day it was bought by Maine Coast Heritage in 2001, Sanford and Hamilton began asking for permission to begin archaeological work on the island known for its abandoned multiracial community.
In 2002, they dug deeper into Malaga Island’s history with their students.
“When you walk in here, you are looking at a fairly pristine environment that has not been disturbed. So you can work back to see what to see what survived when the people left.” Sanford told the Portland Press Herald of the island.