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"Not Written in Stone: What Archaeological Basketry Tells Us About America's First People
Start Date: 10/5/2017Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 10/5/2017End Time: 9:30 PM

Event Description
Tom Connolly
Director of Archaeological Research
UO Museum of Natural & Cultural History & State Museum of Anthropology
University of Oregon

Some of the largest, most ancient, and diverse collections of fiber artifacts in the world are from the northern and western Great Basin of North America. Many of these materials—including basketry, netting, and woven sandals—were collected under poorly controlled conditions during the early 20th century. Thanks to advances in radiocarbon dating, it is now possible to produce highly accurate ages using minute samples that don’t damage the overall integrity of the dated specimens. The results of ongoing dating efforts confirm that these North American collections include some of the world’s oldest fiber artifacts, provide the means to place items in their proper chronological context, and give us clearer occupation histories for the sites from which they were recovered.  

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*WU Campus - Law School  (View Map)
245 Winter Street SE
Salem 97301
Phone: 503-370-6380
Room: 201 -- Paulus Lecture Hall
Contact Information:
Name: Reyna Meyers
Phone: 503.370.6615
Email: rmeyers@willamette.edu
Admission / Ticket Info:
This event is free and open to the public
Event Sponsor(s):
Willamette University, Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology

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