AUGUSTA — The family of the late P. Harold Kimball recently donated a collection of 206 prehistoric artifacts to the Maine State Museum.

“My late husband, Rodney Kimball (Harold’s son), took these artifacts to numerous meetings, events and schools to show them and talk about Native American culture. It was his wish that they would someday be here at the museum for all to enjoy and study, said Jane Kimball. who presented the collection to the museum on behalf of the family.

Harold Kimball found the artifacts in the years prior to World War II during his many walks along the shore of Bear Pond, near the pond’s inlet from Keoka Lake in South Waterford. Later, his sons, Reginald, Rodney and Prentiss, added to the collection.

The collection consists largely of spear tips and other edged tools and weapons. “These artifacts are important pieces to add to the museum’s collection,” Maine State Museum Chief Archaeologist Bruce Bourque said. “Most look to be at least 5,000 years old. They come from an area of the state that is under-represented at the state museum.”


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