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Exploring Pottery-making to Learn about Indigenous and African Communities during Charleston’s Colonial Period (ca. 1670-1750) with Dr. Jon Marcoux

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September 28, 2023

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Charleston Museum


In celebration of long-time Curator of Historical Archaeology Martha Zierden’s distinguished career, The Charleston Museum is pleased to host a three-part fall lecture series, featuring noted scholars in the field of archaeology. In this talk, Dr. Jon Marcoux presents some of the research he has conducted using the pottery collections from The Charleston Museum. He will discuss how archaeologists gain insights about human behavior and culture through the study of artifacts. In doing so, he will show how these rather mundane objects play into the grander historical process of colonialism. Jon Bernard Marcoux is the director of the Clemson University Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. Marcoux’s research focuses on early colonial interactions between Native Americans, enslaved Africans, and Europeans in the southeastern United States. He has published two books and numerous articles and book chapters exploring the ways that Cherokees, Savannahs, and other Native American groups negotiated the social and political turmoil caused by European colonialism. He is currently engaged in a project involving colonial sites in and around Charleston. The project’s goal is to characterize how Native Americans, enslaved Africans, and Europeans materialized their identities through architecture, pottery manufacture, foodways, and other detritus of daily life. Registration is encouraged. This lecture is FREE for Members and FREE for the public. ***SUGGESTED DONATION $10***