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Samuel Foster Haven (7 May 1806 in Dedham, Massachusetts – 5 September 1881) was an American archeologist and anthropologist.
Haven was born to Samuel Snr and Betsy Haven. He took a degree from Amherst College, then studied law at Harvard Law School, and then commenced a legal practice in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Haven had a keen interest in the history of New England before the Revolution, and began publishing papers in 1836. His interest then turned towards the archeology of the Americas.
In 1838 he was appointed librarian of the American Antiquarian Society, located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Haven was particularly interested the Society's documents related to Native Americans.
The Smithsonian Institution commissioned Haven to write a consolidation of then current archeological knowledge. The Institution published Haven's Archaeology of the United States in 1855. It was his only book. The result of his travels and studies, it proposed an ancient origin of the native peoples of the Americas and of their migration from Siberia.