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  Brownbag Lectures: Insights on the American Experience From the Perspective of Zooarchaeology   

Brownbag Lectures: Insights on the American Experience From the Perspective of Zooarchaeology

  • Location: ISM Research & Collections Center, Springfield
  • Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by:
Dr. Terrance J. Martin
Curator of Anthropology
Illinois State Museum

North American archaeologists have long been interested in the ways in which the migrations and interactions among Europeans, Africans, Native Americans, and other groups created a distinctive plural society that was differentiated by class, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, and other social dimensions. Investigations into these and related themes provide insights into the foundations of the American experience and have broader application to historical and anthropological inquires in other parts of the world. This was the subject of a symposium at last month's Society for Historical Archaeology's annual conference at the University of Leicester in the U.K.

Archaeological investigations of historical sites in the midwestern United States provide numerous examples that illustrate how zooarchaeological analyses can provide unique perspectives on how various social and ethnic groups responded to changing culture contact situations, as well as to alterations in economic and environmental settings. Although studies of animal remains are typically directed at revealing details about past foodways, several case studies demonstrate how animal exploitation strategies exemplify the American experience in other ways. These include the French colonial occupation of the Illinois Country and the Upper Great Lakes, the Potawatomi in the Kankakee drainage on the eve of removal, migrations to communities in west central Illinois by groups from various regions during the nineteenth century, and the ethnic composition of lumber camps in northern Michigan.

One of our Brownbag Lectures

Weekly lectures held at the Museum's Research and Collections Center. Lectures are usually held during lunchtime on Wednesday. The RCC is located at 1011 E. Ash Street in Springfield. Access to the building is from 10 ½ Steet (between Ash and Laurel Streets), where there is ample visitor parking in the west parking lot. For more information, please call 217-785-0037. Brown Bag Lectures are free and open to the public.

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