Date: Wednesday, November 06, 2013, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Dr. Michael Conner, Dickson Mounds Museum, will present a lecture titled: Ritual and Ceremony at the Morton Village Siteat the Wednesday, November 6, 2013 meeting of the Illinois Valley Archaeological Society.The presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m.This lecture is free and the public is invited to attend.
Investigations by archaeologists from Dickson Mounds Museum and Michigan State University over the last six years have produced strong evidence that local Mississippian Indians and immigrants of the Oneota cultural tradition were living together at the Morton Village site near Dickson Mounds around A.D. 1350. Numerous buildings at the site appear to be domestic structures, probably single-family houses. However, there is also significant evidence of other buildings being used for public gatherings and ceremonies. While such buildings are frequently found at Mississippian sites, they are unknown at Oneota sites in other areas.
Dr. Conner's talk will present details on one unique building at Morton Village with evidence of rituals conducted by Oneota people. He will also discuss other evidence of ceremonialism at the site and how such activities may relate to the melding of two distinct cultural groups and to violence and warfare evident at this time.
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