Thursday, February 24, 2022
Title: Platform Mound Construction in the US Eastern Woodlands
Abstract: This presentation begins with a brief overview of the history and current archaeology of earthen platform monuments in the Eastern Woodlands. Using the lens of geoarchaeology I explore mound engineering and construction primarily focusing on the large Mississippian period platform mound from the NPS Shiloh Mound Project from the Lower Tennessee River Valley.
Bio: Sarah C. Sherwood, current University Indian Ruin Resident Scholar, is a professor of archaeology in the Department of Earth and Environmental Systems at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. She uses a geoarchaeological perspective to study cultural landscapes, in particular earthen monuments, tells, caves and rockshelters, and issues of soil fertility on the US Southern Cumberland Plateau and Midsouth, in E. Europe, and on Easter Island. She is the Co-Editor of the journal Geoarchaeology.
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