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Cultural Change in Red Wing from AD 900 - 1500


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In our busy lives, seemingly beset with a constant barrage of changes, it is easy to forget that past humans have also dealt with major, and fast-paced changes in their lives and environments. Between AD 900 and 1500, the Red Wing area rapidly transformed from being sparsely occupied by hunting and gathering peoples, to densely occupied by agriculturalists at the center of a massive regional interaction circuit, to being almost entirely abandoned - all in less than 600 years! In this talk, Ron Schirmer will guide you through what we know about this fascinating and important story.

Dr. Ron Schirmer is a professor of Anthropology at Minnesota State University, Mankato. His research interests and teaching specializations include paleoethnobotany, ethnobotany, ecology, environmental anthropology, identity and ethnicity, field methods, laboratory analysis, computer applications in advanced archeological analysis, and cultural resource management.

This conversation is part of our "History Break" series. Spend your lunch hour at the Goodhue County History Center for our monthly free lunchtime program! Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch with them while they soak up stories.