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Evenings Upstairs: Mounds and Priests, Cathedrals and Popes: Was Wickliffe a Native American Cathedral Town in AD 1250?


Presented by Dr. Kit Wesler, professor of Geosciences at Murray State University

Native Americans were building mounds in western Kentucky at the same time as Europeans were building cathedrals.

The Mississippian culture of the Mississippi Valley (AD 800-1400) is defined by sites like Wickliffe, in Ballard County, and Cahokia, Illinois, which shared a culture, a symbolic art, and religious architecture, which we recognize as mounds. Christian Europe can also be defined by a shared culture, symbolic art, and religious architecture (churches and cathedrals). Kit Wesler, professor of archaeology at Murray State University, will talk about his research on the archaeology of medieval cathedrals and Medieval Christendom and how he thinks that comparing Europe to the Mississippian culture is a challenge to typical archaeological thought.

Dr. Kit Wesler is Jesse D. Jones Endowed Professor of Geosciences at Murray State University. He has been studying the archaeology of western Kentucky, especially the Wickliffe Mounds site, for more than 30 years. He received his Bachelor's degree in anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, and his Master's and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has conducted research in Eastern North America, West Africa, and Jamaica, and will take a sabbatical in Rome in Spring 2014.

July 24, 2014

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


2nd Floor Meeting Room