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MAS Lecture | Bill Monaghan's Squash Seed

William Lovis, Michigan State University
Thursday, February 20, 2020
7:30-9:00 PM
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology Map
This talk focuses on a single domesticated squash seed recovered from a deep trench dug during work in Windmill Park, south of Detroit. Dr. Lovis discusses how this millennium-old seed has shed light on the mode of distribution of some cucurbit plants utilized by prehistoric people in southeast Michigan.

William Monaghan was a respected geologist who died in the fall of 2018. He had worked closely with Dr. Lovis on a number of projects, providing expertise in sediment formation processes. His knowledge contributed to an understanding of how the lifeways of prehistoric peoples changed the landscape as reflected in archaeological sites and surrounding remnants of their activities.

This lecture is sponsored by the Michigan Archaeological Society.
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Building: Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Anthropology, Archaeobotany, Archaeology, Free, Lecture, Prehistory
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