North Classroom #1511
1200 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80204
Prof. Peter H. Wood, Emeritus Professor of History, Duke University, presents:
Missing the Boat: Ancient Dugout Canoes in the Mississippi-Missouri Watershed
When archaeologists discuss the great Mississippian site at Cahokia near East St. Louis, a crucial piece of the puzzle still seems to be missing. They know much about the great mound-building center, and about the trade goods and tribute that flowed to it. But they rarely talk about how those objects moved great distances. So far, we have never recovered a huge and ancient wooden canoe in the Mississippi Valley. (Indeed, we can’t even imagine the immense trees from which such dugouts were made a thousand years ago!) But indirect evidence from other places and disciplines strongly points to the existence and importance of such vessels. This slide talk by a Duke University historian of early America, explores how long such boats were in use, and why they disappeared.
This free lecture will be held in North Classroom #1511, Auraria Campus, UC Denver, Denver CO, 80204 at 2pm. Attendees are invited to join the Society for drinks following the lecture.