Next lecture is Thursday September 20th at 7 pm

Archaeology Lecture Series - New Histories of Village Life at Crystal River 
Thomas J. Pluckhahn, PhD, University of South Florida

Today, more than half of the earth’s 7 billion people live in cities, and we take the benefits—and challenges—of urban life as a given. But the vast majority of human history was lived in communities of much smaller size. For social and biological scientists, the decision our ancestors made to begin living in larger communities is part of the larger puzzle of the evolution of cooperation: why and how did individuals choose to subsume their self-interests to those of larger social groups? In eastern North America, villages became common in the Woodland period, from around 1000 BC to AD 1050. Among the more prominent of these was the village that developed at the famous Crystal River site, north of Tampa. Recent research at Crystal River contributes to our understanding of the way villages form, grow, and eventually dissolve.

This program is sponsored by the Central Gulf Coast Archaeological Society, and the Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education.

Lectures are held at Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center, 1800 Weedon Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702.

These programs are free and open to the public. Register at least 24 hours prior by visiting, clicking on the “Online Class Registration” button, and then choosing “Weedon Island”. You may also phone 727-453-6500 to reserve your place..

Plan ahead: our October lecture will be Dr. Ryan M. Duggins of the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research, discussing the Manasota Key Offshore: A Prehistoric Cemetery in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, October 18th at Weedon Island.

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