Wednesday, April 24, 2013

April 2013 - Dr. Constance Arzigian: Origins of Agriculture in the Midcontinent

Free Event

Date: Sunday, April 28, 2013

Place: North Shore Retirement Hotel, 1611 Chicago Avenue, Evanston.

3:00 p.m. Social Hour: Refreshments and Fellowship.

3:30 p.m. Presentation by our guest speaker:
Dr. Constance Arzigian: Origins of Agriculture in the Midcontinent .

5:00 p.m. Informal dinner with our speaker at Dave’s Italian Kitchen.
Always plenty of FREE Parking.

Join us at the April CAS meeting as we welcome guest speaker, Dr. Constance M. Arzigian, who is a Senior Research Associate for the Mississippi Valley Ar-chaeology Center at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse. Arzigian has over thirty years of research and field experi-ence as an archaeologist who focuses on the paleoecology of the Upper Midwest. She is able to share insight as to when and why past peoples made the shift from gath-erers of wild resources to farmers, and what role wild resources continued to play in economies with agriculture. She will discuss the variety of plants that were being manipulated during the Archaic (ca. 8000-500 B.C.) and Woodland (ca. 500 B.C.-1200 A.D.) traditions, and the role these domesticated plants played in the economy through time, ending with the late prehistoric Oneota (ca. 1000-1650 A.D.) tradition in southwestern Wisconsin.
Dr. Arzigian is also an Assistant Lecturer in the Archaeological Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. In addition to her focus on Midwestern ar-chaeology and paleoecology, her research and publications have focused on mortuary practices and burial mound studies, sub-sistence and settlement systems, paleoeth-nobotany, origins of agriculture, and quan-titative archaeology methods.

Bon Stelton - Editor

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