Anthropology Identity and Humanity Lecture Series

In 2013-14, the UNCW Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce a new lecture series. Thanks to special funding from the College of Arts and Sciences, four scholars in Anthropology will visit UNCW and present their ground-breaking research to the public and members of the Anthropology club.

"Public Archaeology: A Round Table Discussion"

Monday, April 28, 6:00 PM in Teaching Lab Building, Rm. 1025

by Mark Wilde-Ramsing, Scott Simmons, Jonathan Schleier, Beverly Tetterton

Public Archaeology is the practice of engaging the public in archaeology, either through excavation, support of excavation and preservation, or public awareness archaeological and historical resources surrounding them. Wilmington and the Cape Fear region are particularly rich in archaeological and historical resources, and yet excavation in the local area is not extensive. Four local authorities come together to discuss the ways in which we can preserve and learn more from Cape Fear archaeological and historical sites.

Come listen to an informal discussion by four experts in the field! Questions will be taken from the audience.

Dr. Mark Wilde-Ramsing, the retired Deputy State Archaeologist, has excavated in the Cape Fear region for years, has worked with local museums to support public archaeology, and was the Project Director for the Queen Anne's Revenge project.

Dr. Scott Simmons, Associate Professor in the UNCW Anthropology department, has supervised Public Archaeology programs and the engagement of local people at Mayan sites in Belize, and is the Director of the Ambassadors to the Past program. He has also supervised programs and excavations in partnership with the New Hanover County school system.

Mr. Jonathan Schleier is the Director of the Public Archaeology Corps, a newly-founded non-profit organization that aims to support preservation of archaeological and historical resources on private lands in the Cape Fear region.

Ms. Beverly Tetterton is a well-known local librarian, historian, and author. She was the Special Collections librarian and Chief of the Cape Fear Room at the New Hanover County library for many years. Since retirement she has continued to write and advocate for local history and archaeology.

This event is free and open to the public!

Public Archaeology in the Cape Fear region

"The Bioarchaeology of Medieval Plague - Insights from an Epidemic Cemetery"

Thursday, March 27, 6:00 PM in Teaching Lab Building, Rm. 1011

by Dr. Sharon DeWitte, Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina

Dr. DeWitte is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina, with dual appointments in the departments of Anthropology and Biology. She is a bioarchaeologist who specializes in epidemic diseases in past populations, and will present her recent research on the 14th-century Black Death, one of the most important infectious disease epidemics in human history.
The Black Death killed millions of people within four years and caused dramatic social and economic changes. Most research on historic plague has relied on documentary evidence, but recently, researchers have examined the remains of plague victims to produce a deeper understanding of the disease. Dr. DeWitte has analyzed large skeletal samples from Europe using newly developed paleodemographic methods to answer questions about the selectivity of the medieval epidemic. The results of her work have revealed new insights into the medieval disease and provided empirical evidence that the Black Death was not an indiscriminant killer as has often been assumed and that it strongly shaped health and demography in the generations that followed.

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"Archaeology of Civil War Barracks in the Cape Fear Region: Fort Anderson and Beyond"

This talk has been re-scheduled from Thursday, February 13 to Thursday March 13 at 6:30 PM, due to weather issues in the Triangle area. See everyone in March!

Thursday, March 13, 6:30 PM in NST 2 Rm. 1020

by Tom Beaman, Wake Technical Community College

Mr. Tom Beaman is a well-known expert in the historical archaeology of the Cape Fear region. He has excavated several Civil War barracks and other historical sites in the region, in concert with the Peace College Archaeological Field School which has trained many UNCW students over the years! Come visit our new Trailer Home, and learn about the fascinating archaeology of our region.

People excavating a hearth at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson

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"Seeking Wheatish, God-fearing Vegetarian with Clean Habits": Matchmaking and Marriage Practices in Tamilnadu, South India

Tuesday, November 12, 6 PM in Randall Library Auditorium

by Nicole Wilson, Syracuse University

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