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VIRTUAL - The Lynch Site and 13th and 14th Century Ethnogenesis on the Central Plains

February 17, 2021 @ 7:30 pm EST Central Time

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Lecturer: Douglas Bamforth

Lecture by Dr. Douglas Bamforth, University of Colorado Boudler

Plains farmers settled at the Lynch site in northeastern Nebraska during the latter decades of the 13th century, in the midst of a wave of social change and dislocation across the mid-continent as Cahokia collapsed and drought spread widely over much of North America.  In contrast to the small homesteads on the central Plains prior to this time, Lynch covers nearly 200 acres, suggesting a community bigger than anything that had existed in the region before.  Potters at the site made classic Plains vessels and classic midwestern Oneota vessels in households that were nearly side-by-side and mixed these styles together on other pots.  This lecture addresses the social changes at work in the mid-continent at this time along with the history of work at Lynch from the 1930s to the present, including geophysical prospecting and excavation in the last two years.  Viewed in the context of the Plains as a whole, the changes at Lynch and nearby sites represent a sea-change in social formations and likely mark the appearance of the modern Pawnee and Arikara nations.

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February 17, 2021
7:30 pm EST
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