CSM Friday Lectures Host Archaeologist Discussion on Mysteries of Wicomico River, May 20

Dr. Julia King will present a lecture on archaeological secrets of the Zekiah and Wicomico River drainages at 7 p.m.

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) completes its spring 2011 Friday Night Lecture Series on May 20 in continuation of the celebration of Maryland Archaeology month and features a presentation by Dr. Julia King, associate professor of anthropology and coordinator of museum studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM).

King’s lecture will begin at 7.p.m, May 20, with a presentation of “Traitors, Traders and Indian Forts: Secrets of the Zekiah and Wicomico River Drainages” which uncovers mysteries of the Wicomico River drainage including the 20-mile Zekiah Swamp which forms at the river’s headwaters.

She will discuss archaeological investigations undertaken at the site by SMCM in conjunction with CSM and the Smallwood Foundation. Archaeologists are uncovering important new information about Charles County’s history, including evidence for contact between English colonists and local Indian nations, the site where an Irish servant ignored Lord Baltimore’s direction and married an enslaved African, and the place where a core group of rabble-rousers met to plot the overthrow of the colony’s government.

King is the past president of the Society of Historical Archaeology and a member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, which advises the president and Congress on matters of historic preservation policy. King’s specialty is colonial cultures of the Chesapeake.

CSM’s Friday Night Lecture Series is free, open to the public and features subject-matter experts from the college and the community and provides an opportunity to build community through enriching discussions. For information, call 301-934-7703 or visit www.csmd.edu.

 

 

 

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CSM’s Friday Night Lecture Series: Traitors, Traders and Indian Forts: Secrets of the Zekiah and Wicomico River Drainages. 7 p.m., May 20, College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry, BI-113, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Dr. Julia King, associate professor of anthropology and coordinator of museum studies, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, discusses archaeological investigations along the Wicomico River drainage. These investigations are undertaken by SMCM in conjunction with CSM and the Smallwood Foundation. Free. 301-934-7703, 240-725-5499, 443-550-6199, 301-870-2309, Ext. 7703 or www.csmd.edu.

 

 

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