Archaeology Month programs in Raleigh

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We’re already half-way through Archaeology Month and there are still more fascinating programs, coordinated by DNCR’s Office of State Archaeology. Please consider taking advantage of these unique learning opportunities.

  • Thursday, 10/19, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (109 E. Jones St., Raleigh): Student Research Symposium will highlight the great research projects completed by staff, students, and interns through the OSA Research Center this year on collections from Brunswick Town State Historic Site, Halifax State Historic Site, and Charles Towne.

  • Monday, 10/23, 11:30 a.m. (109 E. Jones St., Raleigh) North Carolina’s Ceramics Through the Centuries, presented by: Dr. Linda F. Carnes-McNaughton. American Indians today continue their age-old tradition of hand coiling pottery. For later settlers of European origin and their descendants, North Carolina’s pottery heritage evolved in other unique ways: it is the most southern state with a well-developed earthenware tradition (ca. 1750s); it is the most northern state with an alkaline-glazed stoneware tradition, in addition to its salt-glaze; and its early potters used a variety of kiln types (updraft, downdraft, crossdraft), burning both earthenware and stoneware in a variety of shapes (round, square, rectangular). NC is known for its abundant clays, strong family networks (or clay clans), its survival and resurgence of the craft, and the diversity of its continuous heritage. 

  • Wednesday, 10/25, 6:30 p.m. (North Carolina Museum of History, 5 East Edenton St., Raleigh) An Archaeologist’s View of Wachovia, presented by: Dr. Michael O. Hartley. Now approaching his 35th year of archaeological study of the Moravians of Wachovia, the Director of Archaeology at Old Salem Museums and Gardens will talk about past, present and future historical archaeology at that site.

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