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On Elevated Ground: Ritual Practice at Early Native American Platform Mounds in the Deep South

Friday, August 23, 2019 - 12:00pm until 1:00pm

Join us for “On Elevated Ground: Ritual Practice at Early Native American Platform Mounds in the Deep South," presented by Dr. Meg Kassabaum, Weingarten Assistant Curator for North America, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania. The construction of earthen mounds has a long history in the American South, beginning as early as 5000 BC. Around AD 700, an important shift from the construction of burial mounds to the construction of platform mounds is often assumed to be associated with parallel shifts in economic, social, and political changes within moundbuilding communities. Recent excavations at two mound centers constructed during this time and an exhaustive review of early platform mounds in the Eastern United States has suggested that the relationship between these various shifts is more complicated than often assumed and that it was negotiated through communal ritual practices including feasting, bear ceremonialism, and monument construction. For more details about this event, please visit the website here.

Location Details:

119 South Main St.
Lancaster, SC 29720
Phone:
(803) 313-7172
Email:
criswese@mailbox.sc.edu

The county of Lancaster, South Carolina, sits within the lands once held by the Catawba Indian Nation. The current Catawba Reservation lies about 15 miles from the campus of USC Lancaster. With strong geographical and historical ties to the Catawba, USC Lancaster has begun to develop curricular and public programs focused on Native American art and culture, with a special emphasis on the Catawba and other Native communities in South Carolina. The gardens are a site on the SC Ag + Art Tour. Open Tuesdays through Sundays, and Mondays by appointment. Admission is free.