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The Charles River near Dover, 1903.
A significant drought in 1903 lowered the water level in the Charles River and revealed features long hidden from view. The stone lines in the riverbed are Native American fish-weirs, used to trap herring and alewife. Weirs in the Charles have been dated as early as c. 5000 BC, and they were known to still be in use by the tribes that lived in this area well after the arrival of the English in the 1600s.

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