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“Resilience after Epidemic: The Archaeology of Catawba Household Strategies in the Late Eighteenth Century”
September 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
In 1759, Catawba warriors returning home from battles associated with the Seven Years War brought small pox with them. The ensuing epidemic claimed more than half of the Nation’s population in a matter of months. The loss of more than half of their people and the subsequent destruction of their towns during the American Revolution forced Catawba households to adopt new strategies for survival as they faced a rapidly and constantly changing colonial landscape.
This talk will combine a critical look at historical and ethnohistorical documentation with archaeological analysis from a series of late eighteenth-century Catawba domestic sites to highlight the diversity of household strategies that enabled the Nation to survive.
David J. Cranford joined the Office of State Archaeology in March 2018 as an Assistant State Archaeologist. He provides environmental review and technical assistance for counties in the Southern Piedmont, promotes public outreach and education of archaeology across the state, and manages the North Carolina Fish Weir Archaeological Project. He is a member of the OSA scientific diving program. His research interests include the Catawba Indian Nation of South Carolina during the late 18th century (ca. 1760 – 1800, the archaeology of North Carolina, public archaeology, ceramic and lithic analysis, and the application of GIS in archaeology.