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Telling Time in Ancient North America: William Iseminger 
General Event Information
Event Category:
Community Events
Price:
free and open to the public  
Dates and Times:
September 7, 1:00PM-3:00PM; (End time is estimated.)

In honor of Archaeology Awareness month, and as part of the Museumís Nature Trek series, Dickson Mounds Museum welcomes William Iseminger. Iseminger is Cahokia Moundsí site interpreter, author of a recent popular book on Cahokia, and on-site archaeologist for more than three decades.

Humans have been measuring time for thousands of years. Without a cell phone or clock around to tell if one was running late for the hunt or needed to prepare for harvesting season, the earliest human civilizations had to rely on other methods to schedule their days and nights. Discover the various timekeeping methods employed by these ancient civilizations in North America. Whether natural formations on the horizon or artificial man-made structures - their calendars made use of the sun, moon, and certain bright stars to measure time. Learn about the Woodhenge sun circles of Cahokia Mounds, America's and Illinois' first city, other prehistoric Indian sites in eastern North America, the Pueblo structures in the Southwest, and the rock circle "Medicine Wheels" of the Great Plains-all evidence of the great innovators who looked to the sky to know what time it was.

Light refreshments will be served following the presentation.

The event is being produced in part by the Illinois Humanities Councilís Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, a program that provides organizations statewide with affordable, entertaining, and thought-provoking humanities events for their communities. A roster of speakers, hailing from 16 different towns and cities across Illinois, present topics in history, culture, literature, music, politics, law, science, and many more.
Venue Information
Address:
10956 N. Dickson Mounds Rd.  
City:
Lewistown 
State:
IL 
Zip Code:
61542 
Country:
United States 
Telephone:
309-547-3721