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Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111
To begin the second season of the Know Your Park community education program series, the National Park Service Outer Banks Group will host two presentations on Archaeology and Ancient Cultures in the North Carolina Coastal Plain by anthropologist Dr. Randy Daniel.
Dr. Daniel will speak at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site Visitor Center on Roanoke Island on Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 7 p.m. and at the Fessenden Center in Buxton, NC on Wednesday, Nov. 28th at 7 p.m.
"The Outer Banks area has a rich and diverse cultural history. We are pleased that Dr. Daniel will be sharing his knowledge with the community as part of our Know Your Park program series," stated Outer Banks Group Superintendent Mike Murray. "I hope that local students as well as adults will take advantage of this opportunity."
Dr. Daniel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at East Carolina University. He received his Ph.D. in 1994 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests include the archaeology of prehistoric hunter-gatherers in the Southeastern United States, particularly hunter-gatherer adaptations at the end of the last Ice Age. Dr Daniel’s methodological specialization includes stone tool analysis, spatial analysis, and hunter-gatherer settlement systems. Publications related to his research have appeared in two books, several book chapters, and in journals including American Antiquity, Current Research in the Pleistocene, Southeastern Archaeology, and North Carolina Archaeology. Dr. Daniel was the recipient of the 1999 C.B. Moore Award for Excellence in Archaeology by a Young Scholar in Southeastern Studies by the Lower Mississippi Survey & Peabody Museum, Harvard.
The Know Your Park community education program series is designed to further connect the Outer Banks communities and residents with the rich natural world and cultural heritage of their neighboring National Park sites; Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. "These presentations offer local residents an opportunity to both learn more about, and better enjoy, their National Parks" stated Murray.
Additional Know Your Park programs scheduled for this season include: Dr Steve Ross, associate research professor at University of North Carolina, Wilmington (UNCW) on exploring deep water habitats off the coast on Jan. 29 th in Ocracoke and Jan. 30 th in Buxton; William McLellan, also an associate research professor at UNCW, on North Carolina whales in late Feb. in Ocracoke and Buxton; and a panel presentation on the Wright brothers 1908 success in France this coming May.