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Archeological Society presents 'Riders in the Sky'
UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, this meeting has
been re-scheduled for Thursday, March 13.
Feb. 25, 2008 -- March is
Arkansas Archeology Month, and in honor of the month-long celebration of
archeology in the Natural State, the Central Mississippi Valley
Archeological Society (CMVAS) is offering a special presentation on
Thursday, March 6, at 7 p.m., in the ASU Museum, Room 182. This
presentation is free and open to the public.
The presentation, an illustrated lecture by Dr. George E. Lankford,
professor emeritus, Lyon College, will offer an interpretation of the
design seen in 33 known examples of a specific style of shell gorget
made by Mississippian-period artisans. A gorget is a relatively large
flat or gently curving ornamental object of polished stone, shell, or
metal, with holes for suspension. A gorget might have been suspended on
a cord and worn around the throat or worn over the chest attached to
Lankford will discuss clues about the role of these special objects in
the 14th century in the southeastern United States. He will consider the
lack of artistic variation, the restricted distribution, largely limited
to a few areas in Alabama and Tennessee, and the peculiar occurrence of
three examples found in a mound at the Apalachee Indian site at Lake
Jackson in Florida.
Dr. Lankford is a long-time member of the Arkansas Archeological
Society. He taught folklore, anthropology, and religion for 25 years at
Lyon College, a private liberal arts college in Batesville, before
retiring in 2001. He is the author of numerous articles, as well as
several books, including "Bearing Witness," (University of Arkansas
Press, 2003/2006), "Reachable Stars," (University of Alabama Press,
2007), and "Looking for Lost Lore," (University of Alabama Press, 2008).
For details about Arkansas Archeology Month, Lankford's presentation, or
the Central Mississippi Valley Archeological Society, contact
Dr. Julie Morrow at ext. 2071.
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