OCTOBER 2017 PRESENTATION VIDEO: Dr. Steven Derfler

Excavating the Byzantine Church at Tel Kerioth
Dr. Steven Derfler
Executive Director, Educational Resources, Inc.

The Arad Archaeology Center of the Israeli Antiquities Authority, Hamline University of St. Paul MN, and Educational Resources, Inc. of St. Paul MN, excavated the Byzantine Church at Tel Kerioth. It is located at the foot of Mt. Amassa, at the southern end of the Judean Hills, overlooking the Arad Basin. During these summers, a total of 96 volunteers and students from around the world and Israel participated in this project.
The site of Tel Kerioth is perhaps the hometown of one of the disciples of Jesus (Yehuda, ish Kriyot). The church was apparently built after the earthquake of 363 CE, paralleling other Christian religious structures built in Palestine after this time. The church building’s final destruction came as a result of an earthquake in 747/8 CE.; one that devastated the Jordan River Valley.
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.

SEPTEMBER 2017 PRESENTATION VIDEO: The Trojan War: The Myth vs. the Reality

“The Trojan War: The Myth vs. the Reality “
Dr. David Miano
Professor, State College of Florida

For over 3,000 years, the tale of the Trojan War pitting the Greeks against the Trojans has provided one of the richest sources of inspiration in art and literature for the inheritors of the Classical tradition. The question remains, however, did the war really happen? And if so, did it play out as the legends tell us? In this presentation, Dr. David Miano will walk us through both the myth and the history of the Trojan War, and he will show how not only archaeology, but even the legends themselves, can be used as a window into the values and culture of the ancient Greeks.
David Miano is a historian of antiquity, specializing in the histories of the Near East, Egypt, Greece, Rome, India, and China. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego and is the author of a number of books geared towards scholars and the classroom, and including “How to Know Stuff”, a little e-book designed for the general public. Dr. Miano currently teaches at the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. His website is: www.davidmiano.net.

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.