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:

Diversity in Décor: Fireplace Tiles and Murals from the Overhills Estate on Fort Bragg

Presented by: Dr. Linda Carnes-McNaughton of the Cultural Resources Management Program at Fort Bragg

Dr. Linda Carnes-McNaughton is the Program Archaeologist and Curator for the Cultural Resources Management Program at Fort Bragg and formerly the Archaeology Supervisor for NCDNCR Historic Sites Section. Dr. Carnes-McNaughton will speak about her recent archaeological research at the Overhills Estate, a lavish vacation home and hunt club for the Rockefeller family which was eventually sold to the Army and incorporated into Fort Bragg. Several residences were built on the estate, along with support structures and landscape features geared towards recreational activities of seasonal visitors. At its pinnacle, the furnishings of these domestic buildings represented affluence. Of particular interest were built-in decorative elements, some dating to the late seventeenth and mid-eighteenth centuries, which remained in situ once the estate changed ownership. These tiles and murals testify to a penchant for indoor art. As the buildings pass into the archaeological record, destroyed by cultural and natural processes, the remains of these artworks now become artifacts of remembrance.

If you are not able to attend this lecture in person, it will be live-streamed and available afterward on YouTube.

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

Thursday August 30, 2018 - 11:30 am

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