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Change, Continuity, and Collaboration: Studying Eastern Pequot H

Saturday, January 25, 2014
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Smith Middle School Auditorium, Glastonbury, CT

When studying Native American history in New England, archaeologists must confront several critical questions. How do we measure culture change and continuity in the past? What are the implications of these concepts and interpretations on political and heritage issues today?  What role does community-based archaeology with descendants play in addressing some of these issues? Join Dr. Stephen Sillimanwho will discuss a long-term collaborative archaeological project between the University of Massachusetts Boston and the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation to provide some answers to these challenging questions.

Dr. Stephen Silliman is a Professor of Anthropology and Graduate Program Director of the M.A. in Historical Archaeology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he has taught since 2001 after receiving his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include New England specifically and North America generally, historical archaeology, indigenous and collaborative archaeologies, studies of colonialism, and heritage studies. Many of these research interests have manifested in his ongoing community-based archaeology program with the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation of southeastern Connecticut, a university field school project that has been running since 2003. Dr. Silliman has published several books – Collaborating at the Trowel’s Edge (2008), Historical Archaeology (with Martin Hall, 2006), and Lost Laborers in Colonial California (2004) – as well as articles in journals such as American Antiquity, American Anthropologist, Historical Archaeology, Journal of Social Archaeology, and Journal of Anthropological Archaeology and book chapters in numerous edited volumes.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Office of State Archaeology (FOSA), the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center at UConn, and the Archaeology Society of Connecticut (ASC). The FOSA membership meeting begins before the lecture at 1 pm and is open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the snow date will be Sunday, January 26, 2013 at 2 pm. Notice of cancellation will be on WTIC AM by 10:30 am. 860.486.4460 –

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Admission Fee: $10 general admission; $5 for students with ID.


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Connecticut State Museum of Natural History

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