archaeology

Archaeology

Three Thursdays • 2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m. • Auditorium
Instructor: Bonnie Shirley J.D., M.A. Coordinator: TBA

Migration of Humans to the New World

February 24
How long ago did the migration of people into the New World begin? What routes did they use to get here? How did they get past or through the massive ice shields covering much of North America? What impact did the study of paleo landscapes have on understanding their movement? DNA and paleogeography have provided new evidence for archaeologists in generating new theories and presenting new insights into this extraordinary movement into the New World, where humans had not previously been known.

Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest

March 24
The massive changes in the coastlines of the Americas due to deglaciation changed the landscape and the lifestyle of Native Americans up and down the western coast of North America. Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest developed a remarkable culture, bringing together both the sea and the great cedar forests which sprang up on the rocky shores as the ice retreated and the water began to encroach on the shorelines. With what appears to be a long memory of the changes in the past, their unique art and worldview have a beauty that we are lucky to still find today.

Walking in Beauty: California Indians, Masters of Their Ecosystems

April 28 (Intersession)
For thousands of years pre-contact, California Indians developed their own many unique languages and lifestyles. As research has shown, they were masters of the ecosystem they lived in and considered themselves to be part of this ecosystem. The search for harmony and balance was part of their lifestyle. In the narrow view of the non-Indian outsider, they appeared primitive. The reality
is that they had pruned, lightly burned, planted, replanted for thousands of years. Would their balanced approach have saved us from what we face today? Archaeologists and ethnobotanists have recorded their remarkable history.