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Archaeological Lecture Series

The Office of State Archaeology will host speakers each month throughout the year on the many great aspects of archaeology. Topics will center on recent investigations or research conducted in North Carolina. All lectures are free and open to the public. Join us for these fascinating events!

Upcoming educational lectures:

Hidden Beneath the Waves: Exploring the Underwater Cultural Heritage of NC

Presented by: Chris Southerly, UAB and Tane Casserley, NOAA

Event Description:

In our second Lunchtime Lecture, Mr. Southerly and Mr. Casserley dive into inter-agency partnerships to discover, research, and protect the hallmarks of North Carolina’s maritime cultural heritage: shipwrecks. North Carolina waters have long been known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, with thousands of shipwrecks occurring over hundreds of years. These shipwrecks hold information about changing technologies and cultural and physical landscapes. Protected by the NC Underwater Archaeology Branch and NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries, these troves of data continue to offer stories of North Carolina’s deep maritime culture.

Chris Southerly is Assistant State Archaeologist with NC Underwater Archaeology Branch. Tane Casserley is a Maritime Archaeologist and Research Coordinator with NOAA Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.


North Carolina State Library and Archives | 109 East Jones Street, Raleigh, NC

Wednesday October 17, 2018 - 11:30 am

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New Insights into Moravian Pottery Production in Old Salem: The View from Lot 38, 1784-1831

Presented by: Geoffrey Hughes, UNC-CH Department of Anthropology

Event Description:

In our third Lunchtime Lecture, Mr. Hughes investigates Moravian culture through local pottery production at the eighteenth-century town of Salem in the piedmont of colonial North Carolina. Salem’s congregation-owned pottery (1771-1829) represents one of the most thoroughly documented pottery production sites in North Carolina and has been the subject of archaeological investigation since the 1950s. Established in 1771 and originally occupying town Lots 48 and 49 on the west side of Main Street near Salem’s northern boundary, the pottery expanded across the street in 1784, to eventually include Lots 38 and 39. Over time, three kilns were built within the expansion with the aim of adding faience, stoneware, and English-inspired molded wares to the Moravian’s stock-in-trade of coarse earthenware. The expansion and subsequent construction of new kilns on the east side of Main Street brought with it a reorganization of the landscape, changes to the production process, and new opportunities for those who worked in the pottery. Since 2016, archaeological research has focused on Lot 38, looking for evidence of these kilns and new insights into the pottery produced within them.

Geoffrey Hughes is a PhD Candidate at UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Anthropology

North Carolina State Library and Archives | 109 East Jones Street, Raleigh, NC

Tuesday October 23, 2018 - 11:30 am

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