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Speaker to discuss prehistoric American Indian warfare

Prehistoric American Indian civilizations didnít use planes or tanks, but they did build forts during warfare. The evidence of what happened at these sites in the American Southeast is the topic of speaker Marisa Fontana, who will be at the IU Northwest Savannah Center, room 206 on Friday, Feb. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Fontana, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will focus on the fortification architecture found in the American Southeast during the Mississippian period (approximately 1000-1500 A.D.), the differences between defensive and nondefensive fortification features and how archaeologists can use a siteís architecture to help determine the type and level of warfare. She will discuss past field sessions at Canebreak, a Mississippian village along the Tallapoosa River near Montgomery, Ala. Fontana will also inform students on how they can register for the UIC field school.

Currently, Fontana serves as field supervisor for the UIC archaeological field school. Fontanaís areas of expertise are warfare and fortification among prehistoric Mississippian groups in the Southeastern U.S. and the Ancestral Puebloans in the American Southwest. Her field experience includes work at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and the Edge of the Cedars Museum in Utah, as well as numerous excavations in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Colorado.

The event, sponsored by the IU Northwest Anthropology Club, is free and open to the public. Pizza and refreshments will be served during the presentation. For more information, please call (219) 980-6607.



Media Contact:

Michelle Searer

Kim Kintz

Bob Mucci

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