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Friday Seminar: Gregory D. Wilson

by eric — last modified November 20, 2009 12:41 PM
What Friday Seminar
When December 04, 2009
from 04:00 pm to 06:00 pm
Where A222 Fowler Building
Contact Name Seppi Lehner
Contact Email
Contact Phone (310) 794-4837
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CITY WALLS AND FRONTIER FORTIFICATIONS:

INTERREGIONAL VARIATION IN LATE PREHiSTORIC WARFARE IN MIDWESTERN NORTH AMERICA

Gregory D. Wilson (UC Santa Barbara)

Wilson compares evidence of fortifications, catastrophic burning, weaponry, and skeletal trauma from the Mississippian (A.D. 1000-1425) American Bottom and Central Illinois River Valley (CIRV), revealing variation between these regions in terms of the scale, intensity, and outcomes of inter-group hostilities.  Cahokia as an expansive and politically complex regional polity was more insulated from the chronic raiding and sporadic, large-scale, direct confrontations that took place in the CIRV.  Settlements in the CIRV were smaller and less politically complex frontier towns in which warfare was an escalating phenomenon that ultimately culminated in the abandonment of the region.

Reception to follow lecture.

Download a flier for the talk here.

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