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Anthropology Days February 18-20, 2020, at Montgomery College

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Published: 2020-02-03 00:00:01.000

<p>What do African American history, inequality, justice, vikings, the environment, immigration, and Snickers bars have in common?</p>
<p>ANTHROPOLOGY DAY 2020 at Montgomery College!</p>
<p>Learn more from MC Anthropology Professors</p>
<p>Anthropology Day is a day for anthropologists to celebrate and share anthropology with the world. Help us celebrate what anthropology is and what it can achieve by attending one of these seven events.</p>
<p><b>Tuesday, February 18, 2020: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.</b></p>
<p><i>Takoma Park / Silver Spring Campus: Student Center, 1st Floor Atrium</i></p>
<p>Pottery &amp; Points Table</p>
<p>Tara Tetrault (Teaches ANTH 201) &amp; Ronald Nunn (Teaches ANTH 215)</p>
<p>Come try your skills at some prehistoric pottery making and explore how it evolved from Paleoindian to Woodland time periods. What did people during these time periods use to prepare and eat food? There will be a display of steatite (soapstone) and clay pottery from a variety of time periods.</p>
<p>Arrowheads are the things most people know that Native American's left behind - but did you know that (archaeologists) can date them just by looking at them? Did you know that not all arrowheads are really arrowheads? Some are atlatl points. Atlatls are the ancient spear-throwing devices used before the bow and arrow showed up in this area. Come and learn how to tell the difference.</p>
<p><b>Tuesday, February 18, 2020: 2-4 p.m.</b></p>
<p><i>Takoma Park / Silver Spring Campus: Resource Center (RC) 204</i></p>
<p>Lecture "Redefining Early African American Communities in Montgomery County"</p>
<p>Tara Tetrault (Teaches ANTH 201)</p>
<p>When Dr. George McDaniel wrote a detailed history of Montgomery County, Maryland, he highlighted many of the earliest African American communities and first families. McDaniel wrote an amazing book detailing the families and communities, their churches, lodges, and schools. The purpose of the talk is to learn the history of Montgomery County that included more of a diverse background than just European American. In fact, it included people from many cultural backgrounds, including African and Native Americans.<b> </b> In addition, by reviewing the local archaeological sites, there is evidence of potential hidden foundations and older cemeteries. These things become more important for the county to know about when future developers consider new plans for building in the area.</p>
<p><b>Wednesday, February 19, 2020: 12 p.m.-2 p.m.</b></p>
<p><i>Rockville Campus: Science Center West (SW) 301</i></p>
<p>Lecture "Landscapes of Inequality: The Archaeology &amp; Justice of Environmental Change"</p>
<p>Kevin Gibbons (Teaches ANTH 201 &amp; ANTH 215)</p>
<p>Early Viking settlers transformed the landscape of Iceland to support grazing livestock and in turn, set off cascading environmental changes that reverberate across the island to this day. During the Medieval period, these landscape changes occurred alongside social and economic shifts as Iceland moved away from household-based subsistence farming and towards a system of rent-paying tenant farmers. This new landscape was stabilized and made sustainable and productive by changes in Iceland's political economy but at the cost of increased social inequality. Large, lowland farms that were already prosperous flourished at the expense of smaller family farms, whose land was eroded out from underneath them as human-caused environmental change exacerbated deepening sociopolitical divisions. Understanding the dynamics of these complex environmental, social, and economic changes at multiple scales in space and time have important implications for understanding the connection between climate change and environmental justice in today's world.</p>
<p><b>Wednesday, February 19, 2020: 2-4 p.m.</b></p>
<p><i>Germantown Campus: Golf Range</i></p>
<p>Atlatl Spear Throwing Contest</p>
<p>Ronald Nunn (Teaches ANTH 215)</p>
<p>Come and experience for yourself how our ancestors hunted before they had the bow and arrow. The atlatl (pronounced at-lat-al) was invented by the Cro-Magnon people in Europe more than 30,000 years ago to keep them from getting skewered by the horns of ice age cows (Aurochs) they hunted with them. Paleoindians also used atlatls here in North America to hunt the Colombian mammoth, as well as mastodons, musk ox, moose and carobu. The conquistadors were attacked with atlatls when they arrived in Mexico. Incidentally, the name for this spear-throwing gadget (atlatl) is an Aztec word. Most of the artifacts found here that you probably always thought were arrowheads may, in reality, be atlatl points because the bow and arrow only arrived in the Mid-Atlantic about 3000 yrs ago.</p>
<p><b>Wednesday, February 19, 2020: 6-8 p.m.</b><b></b></p>
<p><i>Germantown Campus: TBD</i></p>
<p>Lecture "Immigrant Oral History Project in Alexandria, Virginia"</p>
<p>Terilee Edwards-Hewitt (Teaches ANTH 201 &amp; 256)</p>
<p>The Immigrant Alexa

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