• Dr. Ben Steere explains differences in Native American pottery styles to his students.

Archaeology guild will hear program on Hearths, Houses, Mounds and Towns

Dr. Ben Steere from Western Carolina University will discuss "Hearths, Houses, Mounds, and Towns: How Architecture Helps Us Understand Ancestral Cherokee Culture" with the Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild (BRAG) on Wednesday, May 8.

He will talk about the archaeology of ancestral Cherokee communities in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.  

Archaeological studies of the architecture of these communities help explain change and continuity in Cherokee culture through time. 

The sizes, shapes, locations, orientations and contents of a town’s buildings can help archaeologists interpret the social, economic, political and religious aspects of the residents long after the town is abandoned.

As assistant professor of anthropology, Dr. Steere is also the director of the Cherokee Studies program at Western Carolina University. His Ph.D. in anthropology is from the University of Georgia. Dr. Steere has worked on a collaborative study of ancestral Cherokee mound and town sites with the Tribal Historic Preservation Office of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI THPO) since 2011. 

He is the author of The Archaeology of Houses and Households in the Native Southeast (University of Alabama Press) and the recipient of the 2016 Principal Chief Leon D. Jones Award for Archaeological Excellence, presented by the EBCI THPO.

The Archaeology Guild meetings begin at 6:00 pm at the Dahlonega Parks and Recreation Building on Riley Road.  BRAG meetings are free and open to the public.  Visitors are welcome.

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