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Connecticut River Diver to Share Her Petroglyph Discovery

GREENFIELD — On Saturday, April 2, the Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC) will host master diver Annette Spaulding to discuss her recent petroglyph discovery beneath the Connecticut River. Spaulding will be joined by members of the Nolumbeka Project, who will discuss Native American history in this region. This free program is open to the public and will be held at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls at 1 p.m.

This is one of two petroglyph sites known to have been submerged underwater after the creation of the Vernon Dam more than 100 years ago. Spaulding is the first to locate one of the two sites. With more than 33 years of diving experience, she has discovered hundreds of historical sites and artifacts. She’s had many interesting adventures, including exploring shipwrecks, diving with great white sharks, and recovering a historic aircraft (which aired on National Geographic), but is quick to note that the Connecticut River is her favorite place in the world to scuba dive.

Spaulding is also a volunteer and trustee of the Connecticut River Watershed Council. Ed Lenik, author of Making Pictures in Stone: American Indian Rock Art of the Northeast, will include Spaulding’s petroglyph find in his newest book.

To learn more about CRWC, call (413) 772-2020, stop by the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls on weekends, or visit www.ctriver.org.

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