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Ancient America — Archaeological Sites Lecture
October 12, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Join Central Connecticut State University Professor Kenneth Feder for an evening exploring America’s ancient past. It is a history spanning 13,000 years that is more diverse and more technologically and artistically sophisticated than most people appreciate. Dr. Feder has visited all 50 sites highlighted in his latest book, Ancient America: Fifty Archaeological Sites to See For Yourself, providing us with the insights and information we need to visit them, virtually or in person. Professor Feder will share the wonders of America’s first peoples, among them cliff dwellers, mound builders, and rock artists. He compels us to value these cultural resources and to afford them the deference and conservancy that they deserve.
Professor Feder’s primary research interests include the archaeology of the native peoples of New England and the analysis of public perceptions about the human past. He is the author of several books including: Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology (Oxford University Press, 2017, 9th edition); The Past in Perspective: An Introduction to Human Prehistory (Oxford University Press, 2017, 7th edition); and Ancient America: Fifty Archaeological Sites to See For Yourself (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017). He has served as an expert on numerous television documentaries about the human past. On the topic of human antiquity, one producer described him as being “a beacon of sanity in a sea of madness,” which, in Feder’s words, “is a very scary thought”.
Professor Feder will be available for book signing and sales in the Culinary Arts Dining Room, West Campus. The presentation will begin at 8pm.