September 16, 2014 at 7:15 pm

‘A Sense of Place and Neolithic Societies of the Ohio River Valley,’ Sept. 16

The first talk in the Ohio: Sense of Place Speaker Series is Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 5 to 6 p.m. in Morton Hall 235.

Dr. Elliot Abrams

Dr. Elliot Abrams

Dr. Elliot Abrams, Professor of Anthropology at Ohio University, will discuss “A Sense of Place and Neolithic Societies of the Ohio River Valley.”

All societies have some culturally defined sense of place. In the Ohio River Valley, indigenous societies once lived in small, seasonally nomadic communities dependent upon hunting, gathering, and fishing. Some 3,000 years ago, their descendants began growing foods in gardens. Five hundred years later, their descendants established permanent villages and buried their dead nearby in earthen mounds. This Neolithic transition transformed the way people conceived of themselves in relation to their natural and social environments, restructuring their sense of place.

About the theme: Where are you? What do you know about ancient Ohio—or its future? Can knowing where we came from shape where we’re going? Get a sense of Ohio in the classroom and in the field. Learn about ancient and modern plants and animals of Ohio, Neolithic to Industrial cultures and history, art, literature, and music, politics, language, and more through your professors and in person.

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