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The First People of Cape Ann

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Mary Ellen Lepionka of Gloucester is an independent researcher studying the prehistory of Cape Ann in preparation for a book on the subject. Her parents Mary and Harold Robbins were artists on Cape Ann and she has lived here off and on since infancy. She raised her daughter Lara in Rockport and owns a home on Hammond Street in Gloucester, where she has lived since 1997.

Mary Ellen is a retired publisher, author, editor, textbook developer, and college instructor with a Master's degree in anthropology from Boston University and post-graduate work at the University of British Columbia. Prior to her career in the higher education textbook publishing industry, working for Houghton Mifflin and Pearson Education, she participated in salvage archaeology on Great Neck in Ipswich; taught anthropology and history at Boston University, Vancouver City College, Northeastern University, Lasell College, North Shore Community College, Salem State College, and Reading High School; participated in the excavation of an Iron Age Bantu refuge site in Botswana; and conducted fieldwork on economic anthropology in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

In 2002 Mary Ellen established Atlantic Path Publishing as a retirement business and self-published Writing and Developing Your College Textbook and Writing and Developing College Textbook Supplements. In 2008 she retired again to research the prehistory of Cape Ann and the Native Americans who lived here and to document artifacts from Cape Ann held in public and private collections. Mary Ellen's interest was sparked by Samuel de Champlain's map of Le Beauport showing a wigwam on her street. She is a member of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society.


Mary Ellen Lepionka, "Unpublished Papers on Cape Ann Prehistory," Bulletin of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society 74(2): 45-92.

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Sandy Bay Historical Society (The Prehistory of Cape Ann)
Annisquam Historical Society (The Case for a Pawtucket Agricultural Village on Cape Ann)

Gloucester Public Schools (Cape Ann Before Columbus)
Massachusetts Archaeological Society (Not on the Map: The Archaeology of Cape Ann)
Cape Ann Trails Association (Cape Ann's Native Trails and Landscapes)
Gloucester Lyceum (Cape Ann Before Contact)

Manchester Historical Society (Wigwams on Jeffrey's Creek: Let's Get the Story Straight)
Gloucester Writers Center (Erasure: How Native Americans in New England Got Written Out of Existence)
Gloucester Public Schools (American Indians Lived on Cape Ann: They Are Part of Our History)
Gloucester Historical Commission (Evidence of a Native American Solar Observatory on Sunset Hill)
Cape Ann Museum (Prehistoric Artisans of Cape Ann)
Gloucester Lyceum (Dogtown as a Native American Landscape)
Essex County Greenbelt Association (Archaeology of the Cox Reservation and Essex Bay)

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Mark Carlotto is an aerospace engineer with over thirty years of experience in satellite imaging, pattern recognition, terrain mapping, and mobile application development. Mark received a Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1981 and has over one hundred publications in a variety of technical areas. Mark has combined professional interests with his personal interest in exploring anomalous phenomena in space, on the Moon and Mars. He has written several papers and two books on the subject: The Martian Enigmas, and The Cydonia Controversy.

Soon after moving to Gloucester, Mark became interested in local history and archaeology, in particular, in an abandoned colonial settlement in the middle of Cape Ann now known as "Dogtown." His 2007 book The Dogtown Guide received a Preservation Award from the Gloucester Historical Commission the following year. His second book, The Island Woods, published in 2012, is a spatial history of the interior of Cape Ann. Using maps and photographs, he goes back and forth in time, describing the old roads, settlements, granite quarries and enigmatic boulders of the Cape. He recently published a third book, The Cellars Speak, that examines the social structure of Dogtown using a "data fusion" approach that combines maps, genealogical data, and oral history.

Selected Publications

Mark J. Carlotto, "Fusing Maps with Photos from Mobile Devices", SPIE Defense and Security, 5-8 May 2014, Baltimore, MD (Paper 9091-41).

Mark J. Carlotto, "Detecting Patterns of a Technological Intelligence in Remotely-Sensed Imagery," J. British Interplanetary Soc., Vol. 60, pp 28-39, 2007.

Mark J. Carlotto, "Evidence in Support of the Hypothesis that Certain Objects on Mars are Artificial in Origin," Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 11, No. 2, 1997.

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