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Contact: Mark Calamia, 507-825-5464 Ext. 216
Pipestone National Monument Guest Speaker Series
Pipestone, MN: Glen Livermont, Superintendent, at Pipestone National Monument, announces the first presentation in this year's Guest Speaker Series at the Pipestone Performing Arts Center, Pipestone, Minnesota, on Saturday, January 25th, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Guest speaker, Adrian Hannus, Ph.D. will discuss the prehistoric and proto-historic occupation of Good Earth State Park at Blood Run. The title of his talk is "Blood Run: The Prehistoric and Protohistoric Occupants". There will be a question/answer session following the presentation.
As South Dakota's newest state park, the Blood Run site represents an important archeological complex associated with the Oneota peoples that occupied land adjoining the Big Sioux River in both Iowa and South Dakota during the Late Woodland period of about AD900. The cultural tradition is believed to have evolved east of the MississippiRiver and eventually expanded west into the Plains-Prairie.The occupation of Blood Run then continues for the next two centuries with its abandonment at approximately AD 1712. The Village likely served as a center for trade distribution of items including catlinite (pipestone), connecting peoples of the Mississippi Valley with groups to the west.
Dr. Hannus is a professor of anthropology and director of the Archaeology Laboratory at Augustana College in South Falls, South Dakota. Dr. Hannus is the editor of the journal "South Dakota Archaeology," a member of the scientific boards for the Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, South Dakota, leads the scientific team at the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village in Mitchell, South Dakota, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Exeter in Exeter,England. He has participated as lead archaeologist on the firstseason of the PBS television series Time Team America. Since 2003, Dr. Hannus has annually co-directed summer field school excavations at the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village with Dr. Alan K. Outram of the University of Exeterin Exeter, England. Dr. Hannus earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology, emphasis Archaeology, from the University of Utah in 1983.
For additional information contact Pipestone National Monument at 507-825-5464 ext. 214, or view the Monument's web site at www.nps.gov/pipe.
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