Upcoming Lectures

Join us for our lectures! All lectures are free and open to the public.  We welcome public participation. Snacks and refreshments are provided.


 

When: Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm 
Where: CU Museum, Dinosaur Room
Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Dr. Doug Bamforth – University of Colorado

A First Look at 13th and 14th Century Social Transformations in Northeastern Nebraska

Thirteenth and 14th century maize-dependent societies in the Plains and Midwest faced immense social changes and practical problems resulting from the collapse of Cahokia in the context of severe and widespread drought.  On the central Plains, archaeologists have long argued that farmers abandoned the western areas they had occupied for generations and moved east at this time.  Simultaneously, we see evidence of Midwestern groups moving into the eastern parts of the central Plains. Sites in northeastern Nebraska show evidence of interaction between these two populations, perhaps including living side-by-side.  These sites seem to document immense social changes, and particularly the formation of new and much larger communities than any seen in this area before.  Ceramics recovered from them in the 1930s and 1950s include imported Midwestern (Oneota) pottery, along with classic central Plains pottery and pottery made in classic Oneota style, both made locally, along with locally-made pottery that mixes elements of these two styles on the same pot.  My goal is to introduce a new program of field and lab research and sketch major changes in social formations on the eastern Plains that ultimately led to the formation of the Pawnees and Arikaras.


When: Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm 
Where: CU Museum, Dinosaur Room
Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Kelton Meyer – Colorado State University
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