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The Archaeology of Connections

Come learn about the Mid-Atlantic Native American shell trade and how archeologists are helping to discover ancient marine trade networks.

December 8 at Noon

All Ages
60 minutes
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Native American communities in the Middle Atlantic region traded extensively with their neighbors, acquiring valuable items and building social connections in the process. During the centuries preceding the colonial era, shell beads would arise as the predominant trade item. However, shell beads were much more than just an important part of commerce, they were also commonly used for personal adornment, burial offerings, and often associated with cosmological, spiritual, and social power.

In this presentation John Henshaw, M.A., Ph.D. student in Anthropology at William & Mary will discuss the indigenous history of the Middle Atlantic shell trade, its importance in commerce and society and how archeological processes like chemical sourcing are helping to identifying and map ancient marine trade networks used during the late Woodland period (AD 900 – 1600) in Virginia.

  • What: “The Archaeology of Connections: Chemical Sourcing of Shell Beads,” presented by John Henshaw, M.A., Ph.D. student in Anthropology at William & Mary
  • When: Wednesday, December 8, 12 - 12:45 pm
  • Where: Zoom meeting in the comfort of your home

How to Attend

This digital Lunch Break Science is FREE to attend, but registration is required. Registration will be open until 10:30 a.m. on the day of the event.

You will be sent a link and password to access the talk at 11 a.m. on the day of the event.

The Archaeology of Connections
A live & free virtual presentation

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