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LHAC Lecture Series: Stone Prayers: Native Constructions of the Eastern Seaboard
May 26 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Dr. Curtiss Hoffman will be discussing the work of his new book Stone Prayers: Native Constructions of the Eastern Seaboard, which will be available to purchase at this event. Scattered throughout the woodlands and fields of the eastern seaboard of the United States and Canada are tens of thousands of stone monuments. These stone constructions have been the subject of debate among archaeologists and antiquarians for the past seventy-five years. Prominent among the competing hypotheses have been the allegations that all of these structures were built by colonial farmers removing rocks from their fields; or that they were built by pre-Columbian transatlantic voyagers; or that they are the result of natural deposition by glaciers or downslope erosion; or that they were constructed as sacred places by the indigenous peoples of the region. The purpose of this book is to provide quantitative support for the indigenous construction hypothesis, by providing a framework firmly and explicitly situated in the scientific method to test the four hypotheses above against a robust set of data--a total of 5,550 sites from the entire region.
$10 for Lecture and Museum admission; Free for LHAC and IAIS Museum Members