Dr. Robert G. Goodby

  • GoodbyPh.D. in Anthropology, Brown University, 1994.
  • Associate Professor of Anthropology at Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, New Hampshire.
  • Archaeological field research in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
  • Author of more than 100 technical reports on New England prehistoric archaeology.
  • Past President, New Hampshire Archeological Society.
  • Executive Board, Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture.
  • Speakers Bureau, New Hampshire Humanities Council.
  • Trustee, Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum
  • Appointed by NH Governor Jonh Lynch to the New Hampshire Native American Affairs Commission

I teach a variety of courses in archaeology and anthropology, including Introduction to Archaeology, Human Origins, Field Archaeology, North American Archaeology, World Archaeology, Museum Studies, and Archaeology of New England. I also direct the Monadnock Archaeological Project, a long-term program of archaeological field research focusing on the prehistory of the upper Contoocook and Connecticut River valleys of southwestern New Hampshire. To date, the project has conducted excavations at four Native American sites in the Monadnock region, including the Swanzey Fish Dam site and the Wantastiquet Mountain site. My students receive hands-on training in archaeological excavation and a familiarity with and appreciation for the 11,000 years of Native American history in the Monadnock Region. Some of my students have gone on to present papers at professional conferences and write senior theses based on our research. This work is supported by the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture at Franklin Pierce University.

Goodby in the field

Professor Goodby leads a team of archeologists on a 12,000-year-old find in Keene

In the News: The Piltdown Man Caper (and Five Other Archeological Hoaxes)

Dr. Goodby's Front Porch interview on New Hampshire Public Radio

Professor Goodby featured in Boston Globe

Dr. Goodby's Curriculum Vitae

View Photo Galleries of Field Archaeology 2004 and 2002, and Atlatl throwing

Franklin Pierce Anthropology Club with Dr. Jane Goodall
Franklin Pierce Anthropology Club
with Dr. Jane Goodall

There are a number of organizations that promote the study of archaeology in New Hampshire and throughout New England by holding regular meetings, publishing journals, and engaging in public education. They include:

The New Hampshire Archeological Society 

The Vermont Archaeological Society 

The Northeastern Anthropological Association 

Eastern States Archaeological Federation 

Society for American Archaeology 


In addition, the journal Northeast Anthropology is an important resource for the study of  New England Archaeology.

Goodby Cap and Gown

Contact Information

Address: Department of Anthropology
Franklin Pierce University
40 University Drive
Rindge, NH 03461
Phone: (603)899-4362
E-mail: goodbyr@franklinpierce.edu