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2020 Archaeology Workshops

The Delaware Indians: Then and Now  

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The State Museum of Pennsylvania

This October for Archaeology month, the Museum’s Archaeology Section will present a virtual Archaeology Workshop speaker series focusing on The Delaware Indians: Then and Now.  

Indians have been living in the Delaware Valley for at least 11,000 years. It is not known when the Delaware Indian culture//language group began to develop/emerge within the region. The Delaware culture may have very old roots in the region, or it may be the result of a migration of people into the region within the past several millennia. The four presentations planned for this year’s Workshops will cover the archaeological evidence of the evolution of Indian culture in the Delaware Valley. Our distinguished speakers will address the issue of possible origins; the history of the Delaware and their interactions with Europeans; the nature of Delaware culture today and their plans for the repatriation of Delaware human remains and sacred objects.

Presentations will start at 12 Noon with a brief introduction given by Dr. Kurt Carr, Sr Curator of Archaeology and the featured speaker will last approximately 20 minutes followed by a question and answer period.

Sessions will be presented over Zoom and are free, but registration is required. Once registration is complete attendee will receive the link and password for all of the sessions listed.


Friday, October 2

The Prehistoric Archaeology of the Upper Delaware

Dr. Roger Moeller, Archaeological Services

This presentation will identify the Paleoindian, Archaic, Transitional, and Woodland periods at specific archeological sites with their artifacts, excavation and analytical techniques, and major findings. Given major advances in technology, the potential for future research questions will be detailed and discussed.

Prerecorded presentation by Dr. Moeller. Followed by live question and answer with Dr. Carr.

Friday, October 9

The Contact Period in New Jersey: An Archaeological Perspective

Gregory D. Lattanzi, Ph.D. Curator/New Jersey State Museum

New Jersey has long benefited from being an early player in the field of contact period archaeology. Starting in the early decades of the 16th century, New Jersey's Original People bore witness to the arrival of countless immigrants - the Swedes, Dutch and English, all who claimed religious and political authority over a land that was not theirs. Through this clash of cultures, we are fortunate to have documentary, archaeological, and ethnographic resources from which to reconstruct many vignettes. When strung together along with understanding the many contextual issues, we hope individual scenes provide a clearer picture of Native                                                                      American life.


Friday, October 16

Lenapes and Colonists in the Lower Delaware Valley, 1624-1700

Jean R. Soderlund, Professor of History Emeritus, Lehigh University

As Dutch, Swedes, Finns, and English arrived in the region that became Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey during the seventeenth century, Lenape’s sought reciprocal relationships for trade and mutual alliance. They remained a sovereign people, protecting personal and religious liberty, while avoiding violence when possible through peaceful conflict resolution


Friday, October 23

The Delaware Indians - Where they are now?

Dr. Brice Obermeyer, Director, Delaware Historic Preservation 

Lenape Relocation Histories: Understanding the Lenape Diaspora

This workshop will focus on the events and factors that led to the multiple removals of most Lenape people from the Delaware Valley.  An emphasis will be placed on the factors that pushed and pulled the Lenape out of the region to their current locations throughout the United States and Canada. The workshop will make regular use of digital maps to follow the multiple Lenape migrations west over time and to discuss the impact of these relocations in the past and today. 


For more information about the program please contact:

Cherie Trimble


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