APRIL 2017 PRESENTATION VIDEO – Dating Game: Palmer Mound Pots & People

The Dating Game: Palmer Mound Pots & People
By Maranda Kles, Ph.D.,  Assistant Professor, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

The Palmer mound site is located at Historic Spanish Point in south Sarasota County. Recent research has provided new radiocarbon dates for the mound and has also examined social structure, shedding new light on the people that inhabited the Sarasota area 2000 years ago. Biological distance analysis suggests that the population was matrilocal, therefore the men moved to the area to “date” and marry their wives. This pattern has yet to be demonstrated at other sites in Florida making Palmer unique at this time. Further, several whole pots were found broken within the mound. These pots are found in the Manasota period strata, which dates to before the usual “sacrificed” or “killed” pots that are found in many of the Weeden Island period sites. This presentation will detail the new radiocarbon and biological data and discuss the implication of pots and pottery at the Palmer site. Maranda Kles is a bioarchaeologist and forensic anthropologist. She was born is Sarasota and earned her PhD from the University of Florida. She is an assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Her research interests focus on biological and cultural variation in pre-Contact populations in the Southeastern US.


 

NOVEMBER 2016 PRESENTATION VIDEO – Herod’s Mountaintop Monolith: Masada and Her Palaces

By Dr. Steven Derfler, Executive Director, Educational Resources, Inc.

Herod became the Roman King of Judea in 40 BCE and imposed changes upon his subjects that resulted in a “world turned upside down.” Herod’s desert fortress on the mountain top of Masada has been described as one of the most enduring engineering feats of the ancient Roman world. His royal northern palace is a marvel of Roman technology as it hangs over a precipice in three levels descending down the mountain face, literally ‘hanging’ over the Dead Sea Valley 1300 feet below.
An international educational consultant, public speaker, archaeologist, historian, researcher, teacher and writer, Dr. Derfler has been uncovering the histories of Ancient Civilizations for 40 years. Tracing the development of western religions from their roots in the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean countries, Dr. Derfler brings insight to current political and social events, bridging the past with the future to promote greater understanding between people from different faiths and walks of life.