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12,000 Years of American Indians

posted Tuesday January 22, 2008

Units of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will celebrate their connections to major archaeological studies of American Indian history in North Carolina with a symposium and a ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008.

The UNC American Indian Center and the UNC Research Laboratories of Archaeology will host "12,000 Years of American Indians in North Carolina" at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center on the UNC campus. The symposium, 1–3 p.m., is free to the public, and no registration is necessary.

Special guests will also participate in a ceremony after the symposium to commemorate the opening of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s new exhibit "The Ancient Carolinians." The exhibit interprets archaeological discoveries from the Hardaway site near Badin, N.C., and features archaeological finds that are part of a vast collection donated to UNC by Alcoa. "The Ancient Carolinians" is funded in part by the Alcoa Foundation, which will be recognized during the ceremony. Dr. Randy Daniel of East Carolina University, a UNC alumnus and a primary expert on the Hardaway site, will be keynote speaker for the ceremony, which begins at 4 p.m. in the Morehead Building’s rotunda, adjacent to the exhibit gallery.

  • Historic Native Communities of the Carolina Piedmont: An Archaeological Perspective
  • Public Interpretation of the Trail of Tears in North Carolina
  • Lumbee Leadership in the 1961 Chicago Conference of American Indians
  • Health Archaeology: Unearthing Health Needs through Reflection and Action Presenters include R.P. Stephen Davis Jr., associate director, and Brett Riggs of the UNC Research Laboratories of Archaeology; Theta Perdue of the UNC history department; Jan Lowery of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services; Robert Letourneau and Carolyn Crump of the UNC School of Public Health; Michael Green of the UNC curriculum in American studies; and Clara Sue Kidwell, director of the UNC American Indian Center.