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Archaeological Institute of America Lecture: "The Lynch Site and 13th and 14th Century Ethnogenesis on the Central Plains"

Douglas Bamforth from the University of Colorada, Boulder, will be holding a lecture on "The Lynch Site and 13th and 14th Century Ethnogenesis on the Central Plains".

Plains farmers settled at the Lynch site in northeastern Nebraska during the latter decades of the 13 the century, in the midst of a wave of social change and dislocation across the mid-continent as Cahokia collapsed and drought spread widely over much of North America. In contrast to the small homesteads on the central plains prior to this time, Lynch covers nearly 200 acres, suggesting a community bigger than anything that had existed in the region before. Potters at the site made classic plains vessels and classic midwestern Oneota vessels in households that were nearly side-by-side and mixed these styles together on other pots.

This lecture addresses the social changes at work in the mid-continent at this time along with the history of work at Lynch from the 1930s to the present, including geophysical prospecting and excavation in the last two years. Viewed in the context of the plains as a whole, the changes at Lynch and nearby sites represent a sea-change in social formations and likely mark the appearance of the modern Pawnee and Arikara nations.


Olin Auditorium (lower level)

Olin Center for Educational Technology

733 35th St.
Rock Island, IL 61201
United States

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