Thursday, Apr 20, 2017

Lecture: The Belle Glade Monumental Landscape

Time: 7:00 pm til 8:00 pm

Location: Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center, 1800 Weedon Dr NE, St Pete

Description: Archaeology Lecture Series - Materializing Ontology in Monumental Form: The Belle Glade Monumental Landscape by Nathan Lawres, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Florida

Archaeologists have always been interested in the material aspects of life including those material things (living and nonliving) that people interact with, along with the materials they transform into the various objects used in life. These objects and interactions are what eventually form the archaeological record. Recently, archaeologists have become interested in how ontologies – or understandings of how the world exists – can affect cultural practices and how those practices become materialized. This talk will discuss how an ontology, or view of reality, can be materialized as monumental architecture. The monuments of the Belle Glade archaeological culture, located within the Kissimmee-Okeechobee-Everglades watershed, are used to illustrate this approach. I argue that the Belle Glade understanding of reality is encapsulated within the region’s monumental architecture invoking references to relations with water, the cosmos, seasonality, people, and places throughout the landscape.

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Archaeology Lecture: Crystal River Culture and History

Time: 7:00 pm til 8:00 pm

Location: South Florida State College, 600 W College Dr, Avon Park, FL 33825, Building G, Room 101

Description: Kissimmee Valley Archaeological and Historical Conservancy Lecture Series - Crystal River Culture and History by Nigel Rudolph, Public Archaeology Coordinator, Florida Public Archaeology Network

The Crystal River site was once a sprawling ceremonial center, attracting people from great distances. This complex of burial and temple mounds is one of the longest continually occupied sites in Florida. Though the Native Americans who lived there are now long gone, their impressive earthen architecture remains. The mound complex attracted early archaeologists who discovered beautifully decorated pottery, shell, and copper artifacts. The remarkable earthen structures and artifacts earned the Crystal River site a place among the most famous archaeological sites in Florida. Although the site is well known there is still much to learn about the people who once thrived on the bountiful Crystal River.

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