Robert Jeske to Present Archaeology Lecture March 28

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professor to speak at The College of Wooster

March 27, 2019   /  

Event Details

March 28, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
Scovel Hall, room 105

WOOSTER, Ohio – Robert Jeske, professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will present “Farming, Violence, and Economic Interaction at the Northern Edge of the Mississippian World,” on Thursday, March 28, at The College of Wooster. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in room 105 of Scovel Hall (944 College Mall). A reception will follow.

Jeske will discuss how data collected from over 20 years of excavations and survey of sites of the Oneota culture in the Lake Koshkonong region in southeastern Wisconsin support a model of complex human interactions between 1000-1450 A.D. This time coincides with the well-known Mississippian culture and just like their neighbors to the south, the native peoples of Wisconsin in this period were economically and socially autonomous groups who were highly dependent upon maize, engaged in high levels of violent activities, and participated in a cosmological view of the world widely shared with contemporaneous groups. New data on Oneota subsistence, settlement, chronology, and technology will also be presented.

Jeske’s research interests include archaeological method and theory, particularly how economics and population interactions foster group identity and ethnicity. He also actively investigates stone tool production and use, survey methods and settlement models, mortuary studies, canine activities, site formation processes, and experimental archaeology. He received a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

Jeske’s lecture is sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, as well as Wooster’s archaeology student colloquium, program in archaeology, cultural events committee, and chapter of Lambda Alpha national honorary society.

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