Join us for the 2019 SunWatch lecture series, featuring an all-female line-up of experts! The first talk in the series gets underway on Saturday, January 12, at 10:30 a.m.
Join us for the 2019 Archaeological Institute of America/SunWatch lecture series, featuring an all-female line-up of experts in their field!
The first talk in the series gets underway on Saturday, January 12, at 10:30 a.m. In an interesting look at ancient cities, Dr. Melissa Baltus of the University of Toledo presents Transforming Landscape, Dynamic Place: Exploring the Neighborhoods of Cahokia.
Dr. Baltus believes that cities of the past, much like the present, are vibrant places comprised of varying and changing neighborhoods. Arguably, these neighborhood dynamics fuel the creation and transformation of the city.
Salvage and CRM excavations at Cahokia, the only known Indigenous city north of Mexico, have revealed information on three different neighborhoods of “Downtown”. The recent exploration of a fourth neighborhood located west of the heart of the city will be discussed in the context of these known neighborhood dynamics to explore the ways in which past Cahokians altered their landscapes and shaped their city.
On Saturday, February 9 at 10:30 a.m. Christine Thompson presents The Battle of the Wabash: Working Towards a New View with Archaeology. Thompson, of Ball State University, will share her thoughts on the significance of the battle through the lens of contemporary archaeological analysis.
The Battle of the Wabash was a Northwest Indian War battle (1791) that was a resounding victory for the American Indian alliance, and yet has been popularly known for over 200 years as St. Clair’s Defeat.
Ball State University has conducted archaeological and preservation research at the site of the Battle of the Wabash (in modern day Fort Recovery, Ohio) since 2010.
Their research focuses on landscape analysis, both in the context of the location of recovered artifacts and in the role the landscape played in the battle strategies of both the American Indian alliance and U.S. forces.
Research results have helped in forming a more nuanced interpretation of the battle, one that more fully recognizes and balances the involvement and decisions of both the American Indian tribes and the U.S. military.
Dr. Kate Liszka, Archaeological Institute of America’s Abemayor Lecturer at California State University, San Bernardino, will share a bit of history about Ancient Egypt in her presentation, Tomb Robbery in Ancient Egypt, on Saturday, April 6, at 10:30 a.m.
According to Liszka, Ancient Egyptians believed that their name, their body, and their memory needed to be preserved to ensure life after death. So that their memory would persevere for the rest of eternity, they were frequently buried in large visible tombs with the often-luxurious objects that they needed in the afterlife. These wealth-filled tombs acted like a beacon of opportunity for criminals.
Learn how various tombs were broken into in antiquity, how the Egyptians designed their tombs in an attempt to ward off tomb robbers, and how the tomb robbers were tried and punished for their crimes.
Thanks to the generosity of the Archaeological Institute of America and an anonymous donor, admission to the Lecture Series is free and open to the public.
Schedule subject to change.
SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park is located at 2301 West River Rd., Dayton, OH, 45417. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors (60 +), $6.00 for children (6 – 17). Children 5 years old and under and members are free. Contact SunWatch at (937) 268-8199 and www.SunWatch.org Seasonal operating hours: April-November Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Sunday from noon - 5:00 p.m. and from December through March Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Sunday from noon - 5:00 p.m. SunWatch is closed on Mondays as well as major holidays.
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