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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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September 14th 2016:Encore: Girls Rule! Power, Gender, and Class at America's first Urban Center

Almost 900 hundred years ago, hundreds gathered at North America’s only city, Cahokia, to take part in a funeral. As the crowds gathered, two bodies were carefully prepared and laid to rest on top of a cloak, while dozens of ritual human sacrifices were arranged in surrounding pits. Finding the remains in 1960 revolutionized archaeologists’ understanding of Native American groups, but current research carried out by the Illinois State Archaeological Survey has transformed our understanding of this major urban center. Join us as we talk with Tom Emerson, Kristin Hedman, and Eve Hargrave abou

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Dr. Thomas E. Emerson

Thomas Emerson is a specialist in North American Eastern Woodlands archaeology, especially of the Upper Mississippi River Valley region. His research has generally centered on the archaeology, religious ideology, and political economy of late prehistoric Mississippian cultures. However, his interests are diverse and his work has included mortuary analyses, subsistence studies, archaeological ethnicity, archaeometric sourcing of raw materials, faunal analysis, Great Lakes maritime research, archaeological law and compliance, heritage and cultural resource management. He has conducted fieldwork throughout the Great Lakes region, the Plains, and Norway. Emerson is dedicated to the publica
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Dr. Kristin M. Hedman

Kristin Hedman is a physical anthropologist specializing in human osteology, paleopathology and bioarchaeology. Her research interests focus on mortuary behavior and skeletal evidence of health, activity and interactions; isotopic evidence of diet and population movement; and the social implications of cultural modification of human bone, both pre- and post-mortem. Much of her research has focused on prehistoric populations of the American Bottom region in Illinois. Kristin has supervised ISAS bioarchaeology projects and staff since 1989. As Associate Director of the Program on Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials (ATAM), Kristin helps to integrate and facilitate interdisci
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Eve Hargrave

Eve Hargrave’s interests lie in the area of bioarchaeology of Eastern North America, particularly how it pertains to the relationship between social and demographic changes and mortuary studies. Most of her recent research has focused upon late prehistoric mortuary practices of Native Americans in Illinois-particularly in the area of the American Bottom around Cahokia.
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