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From the Ice Age to the Founding of Norwalk: Native American Archaeology of the Norwalk Area – In Person Lecture
December 9, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
- Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 8:00pm
- REGISTRATION REQUIRED! No Walk-ins Please. Seating is limited.
- Free Event – Donations Greatly Accepted and Appreciated
- In Person Lecture – Takes place inside the old town meetinghouse at Mill Hill Historic Park 2 East Wall St. Norwalk, CT
- Mill Hill Historic Park is located at 2 East Wall Street in Norwalk, CT. Handicapped and limited mobility parking on site. General parking is at the HSC building on the corner of East Wall Street and Park Street. Follow blue parking signs.
Join the Norwalk Historical Society for the in person lecture, “From the Ice Age to the Founding of Norwalk: Native American Archaeology of the Norwalk Area,” with guest presenter Ernest A. Wiegand, professor of archaeology at NCC
This presentation will bring the audience back in time and reveal what archaeology has found about the history and cultural lifeways of the First Americans. Archaeological digs conducted in and around Norwalk will be discussed. Artifacts from local digs will accompany the program, and the audience is encouraged to bring artifacts that they may have found on the beach, along rivers and streams or while digging in the garden.
Twelve thousand years ago, southern New England had emerged from a covering of glacial ice. In this cold climate, an environment far different than the present existed. Ice age animals such as the mammoth, mastodon and caribou roamed the newly-deglaciated land, as did the first Native Americans to enter the Northeast. The way of life of these early peoples, and the adaptations their descendants made as the environment continued to change, have been the focus of much interest and archaeological research for several decades.
This program is in conjunction with the Norwalk Historical Society’s new exhibit, “Norwalk’s Changing Communities – 13,000BC – 1835”, which was funded in part by grants from Connecticut Humanities and the City of Norwalk Historical Commission. The exhibit will be on view the evening of the lecture.
About the Presenter:
Ernie Wiegand has taught at Norwalk Community College since 1975, when the college’s unique “Archaeology as an Avocation” certificate program was initiated. Students in the program have worked on many pre-contact period Native American sites as well as several historic period sites, including the Rogers-Ritch-Merritt house in Norwalk. He received a Masters degree in anthropology from Hunter College in 1982 and has been the Archaeology as an Avocation program coordinator since 1990. In addition to his teaching duties, he has been the faculty advisor to the NCC Archaeology Club, which has not only conducted archaeological investigations of local sites but has brought archaeology to the public through its program meetings (which are open to the public) and special community outreach projects. He also serves as a consultant for both public and private land-use projects that may have an impact on archaeological sites.
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