This talk will summarize recent archaeological research on ancestral Cherokee mound and town sites in western North Carolina. Steere will discuss archaeological fieldwork on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, and discuss the archaeological and historical context surrounding the recent transfer of ownership of the Nikwasi Mound in Franklin, North Carolina. These two case studies not only shed light on advances in our understanding of Cherokee archaeology, but also show that ancestral Cherokee towns are still vital, living places in the cultural landscape of western North Carolina.
Ben Steere is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, where he teaches courses in anthropology and archaeology and directs the Cherokee Studies Program. He has worked on collaborative archaeological research and preservation projects with the Tribal Historic Preservation Office of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians since 2011. He is the author of The Archaeology of Houses and Households in the Native Southeast, published by the University of Alabama Press in 2017.
This event is free of charge and all are welcome. The talk will be held in the Ramsey Center, which is located inside Renfro Library on the campus of Mars Hill University.
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