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Sat, May 18


ND Heritage Center & State Museum

2019 Annual Spring Meeting

Archaeologist Mike Fosha will present on archaeology and volunteerism in South Dakota, Dr. Barbara Handy-Marchello will speak about the new Traces book, and Dr. Brenda Todd will present on Chimney Rock Great House and Chaco Canyon. Also, don't miss the book auction and annual business meeting!

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2019 Annual Spring Meeting
2019 Annual Spring Meeting

Time & Location

May 18, 2019, 9:00 AM CDT

ND Heritage Center & State Museum, 612 E Boulevard Ave, Bismarck, ND 58505, USA

About the Event


9:00-10:00 AM Registration, refreshments, T-shirt sales, silent book auction

10:00-10:45 AM Business meeting.

10:45-11:45 AM Presentation. Mike Fosha (Assistant State Archaeologist of South Dakota), The  Past Quarter Century of 

     Volunteer Spirit In South Dakota

11:45-1:00 PM Lunch* (catered by the James River Café)

1:00 PM  Book auction, bidding closes

1:00-2:00 PM Presentation. Dr. Barbara Handy-Marchello (Historian, North Dakota Studies, SHSND), 

     Traces: Early Peoples of North Dakota. Traces draws on recent scientific archaeological research to tell the comprehensive  

     story of North Dakota's ancient past.  Dr. Handy-Marchello, co-author with Fern Swenson, will discuss the range of this 

     history presenting images of sites and objects to explain how archaeologists have uncovered this fascinating story. 

2:00-3:00 PM Keynote Presentation. Dr. Brenda K. Todd (Superintendent, Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site), 

     Chimney Rock Great House: Window into the Chaco Phenomenon. One thousand years  ago, Chaco Canyon was the heart      of the  Puebloan world. Located in what is now New Mexico, Chaco is characterized by massive, multiple story sandstone 

     palaces (Great Houses), a vast road  network, and more than 250 outlying communities. Archaeologists have struggled for 

     over 100 years to make sense of what has been called the “Chaco    Phenomenon.” How was Chaco organized? Was it a 

     political entity? A religious entity? Both? My dissertation research at the Chimney Rock Great House in southwestern 

     Colorado sheds some light on this conversation.  Situated atop a narrow mesa adjacent to two towering stone chimneys, the      Chimney Rock Great House appears to be both an astronomical observatory    and the clearest example of a colony of  

     Chaco  Canyon. 

3:00-4:00 PM Q&A, wrap-up, book auction winners announced

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