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December Montly Meeting

posted Nov 14, 2018, 6:34 AM by MC Prentice   [ updated Nov 27, 2018, 7:40 AM ]
We will hold our next meeting on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, the first Tuesday of the month, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the B. Calvin Jones Center for Archaeology at the Governor Martin House. The Center is located off Lafayette Street, between Seminole Drive and Myers Park Drive, at 1001 De Soto Park Drive. Reception begins at 6:30. This will be our holiday meeting and we encourage you to bring a festive snack to share.

Please join us in welcoming not just to PAST, but to Tallahassee, FSU Assistant Professor Dr. Tom Leppard.

Archaeology of an (almost) desert island: Survey and excavation on Alamagan, Western Pacific

The archaeology of the officially uninhabited northern Mariana Islands (an island chain stretching north from Guam towards the Japanese Volcano Islands) is very poorly known. In this talk I discuss an archaeological expedition undertaken by IARII, with the logistical support of NOAA, to these islands in 2014. During this expedition we undertook the first excavation and systematic survey on the island of Alamagan, the tip of an otherwise submerged stratovolcano lying between Guguan and Pagan. I discuss the abundant evidence for pre-Magellanic settlement, and in particular settlement associated with the Latte Period (so-called for its distinctive megalithic architecture). I also present the first radiocarbon dates for the island, considering how they buttress an increasingly clear chronology for a relatively late colonization of the northern Marianas, and the implications of this late colonization.