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Program on Woodland Occupation at Smith Creek Mounds

Date: June 20, 2019
Megan Kassabaum will present “News from Smith Creek: Exploring the Early Woodland Occupation.”

Kassabaum has led the University of Pennsylvania’s Smith Creek Archaeological Project since 2015. Located in Wilkinson County, the Smith Creek Mound site was known to have been utilized from 700 to 1000 CE. Recent field work uncovered a later phase of occupation dated from 1000 to 1300 CE, as well as an earlier phase dating back to at least 200 BCE.

The early occupation was an unexpected find, and Kassabaum will discuss how this has the potential to increase understanding of the Early Woodland period in the Natchez Bluffs.

Kassabaum began conducting archaeological research in southwest Mississippi in 2006, working at such sites as Pumpkin Lake and Feltus in Jefferson County and Smith Creek and Lessley in Wilkinson County, where she will continue her work this summer. She is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania and is the Weingarten Assistant Curator for North America at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. She holds a BA degree from Beloit College and a PhD in anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, presenting a dissertation on feasting and communal ritual in the Lower Mississippi Valley.

The event is free and open to the public.
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