UF Turlington Hall 1208, University of Florida Campus
Union Road between Newell and Buckman Drives
Gainesville, FL 32611
Lecture by Dr. Lauri Rush, U.S. Army Archaeologist at Fort Drum.
Over the past 350 years, Europeans have systematically separated Native Americans of northeastern North America from their places of religious significance and ceremony. Disenfranchisement has taken the form of characterizing sacred places as locations of devil worship; attribution of aboriginal stone architecture to ancient European visitors; failure to appreciate Native American understanding of celestial events, and archaeological identification of aboriginal stone features as farmers’ piles and root cellars. This lecture explores the historic dynamics that have prevented serious identification and study of the ceremonial stone landscapes and features of the northeast and discusses the critical importance of using existing data sets to initiate regionally focused research on these sites. Encouraged by recent revelations of lunar relationships and indigenous architecture in the American Midwest, archaeologists and historians from federal agencies in partnership with representatives from the northeast tribes, are proposing a new model of collaborative research to better understand similar expressions of ancient cosmology. Offering examples of site analysis from New York and New England, the lecture will also introduce a range of new technologies including planetarium sessions; satellite imagery and GIS analysis; archival and linguistic research; and new dating techniques that can be applied to scientifically investigate these misunderstood and mysterious places.