Archaeology Month Lectures Celebrate Finding Facts in the Past

Old Salem Moravian cookpot recovered during archaeology at Old Salem.  Photo courtesy of Old Salem Archaeology.
Raleigh

Students and professional archaeologists in North Carolina have been busily studying North Carolina’s rich and diverse past. In celebration of October as North Carolina Archaeology Month, a series of free lectures will be presented by the Office of State Archaeology on a broad range of subjects, including the development of the Catawba Nation and the history of Moravian settlers. A student symposium showcasing work done through the auspices of the Office of State Archaeology is also planned.

Dr. R.P. Stephen Davis, UNC-Chapel Hill, will present a talk on three historic Catawba settlements Tuesday, Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m., at the North Carolina Museum of History. The talk “Archaeology of the Catawba Nation after the Treaty of Pine Tree Hill,” will examine the aftermath of the devastating 1760 smallpox epidemic as the Catawba negotiated rapidly changing social, political and economic conditions. Dr. Davis will explain how the archaeological record from the Catawba towns reflects the successful strategies employed by members of the Catawba Nation to survive this tumultuous period in history.

Dr. Michael O. Hartley, director of Archaeology, Old Salem Museums and Gardens, will share his 35 years of experience studying Moravian archaeology in a lecture “An Archaeologists View of Wachovia,” Wednesday, Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m., at the N.C. Museum of History. He will discuss past, present and future archaeology at historic Salem. Founded in 1766, Salem served as the administrative, spiritual, craft and professional center for the Moravian settlement known as Wachovia. The extensive material record recovered there continues to expand our understanding of the rich Moravian culture in our state.

The 2017 North Carolina Student and Intern Research Symposium will share ongoing research from students and professionals Thursday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at the Archives & History/State Library auditorium,109 E. Jones St., Raleigh.

Presented in association with the Division of State Historic Sites, the symposium will present recent research by students and Office of State Archaeology interns. Among topics to be explored are the archeology of early colonial sites at Brunswick Town and Charles Towne, decades of work by the Underwater Archaeology Branch on shipwrecks and a revisit of work done at Halifax State Historic Site. The symposium will start with a panel of professors from local universities sharing their experiences in collaborating with the Office of State Archaeology.

For additional information contact State Archaeologist John Mintz at (919) 807-6555, or john.mintz@ncdcr.gov. The Office of State Archaeology coordinates and implements a statewide program to study and preserve prehistoric, historic and underwater remains of North Carolina’s material culture. It is part of the Office of Archives and History within the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.