Saturday, March 07, 2009
Strezewski to discuss New Harmony archaeological dig
College of Liberal Arts Faculty Colloquium on archaeological fieldwork in New Harmony, Indiana, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 20, in Kleymeyer Hall in the Liberal Arts Center.
Strezewski and Bill Wepler, historical archaeologist for the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, led the field school last summer at New Harmony’s Community House No. 2 with USI students and volunteers. The community house was completed in 1822 and served as a dormitory for single Harmonist men and women.
In addition to recovering many artifacts, the excavations uncovered information about the location and building technique used to construct the stable behind the community house. The Harmonists prided themselves on being as self-sufficient as possible and one of the things they made was ceramics for household use. Recent study of Harmonist-made redware has provided a better look at the types of vessels present in Harmonist households and some insight into food storage and preparation techniques.
In addition, a magnetometer survey was recently conducted at the site of the Harmonist pottery operation in order to find the location of the kiln and other features related to pottery manufacture.
Strezewski presented a paper on the excavation at the 27th Annual Symposium on Ohio Valley Urban and Historic Archaeology at Ball State University on February 28.
Dr. Charles Conaway, assistant professor of English, will present the final colloquium on Friday, April 24.
For more information, contact Dr. Wes Durham, coordinator of the Colloquia and assistant professor of communication studies, at 812/464-1739 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wendy Knipe Bredhold
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