10/7: Archaeological Findings on the Pre-History of New England

  • 07 Oct 2014
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Sumner School (Pre-meeting venue: Bua Thai - 1635 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20036)


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Archaeological Findings on the Pre-History of New England: From the Paleo-Indian phase up to contact with John Smith

Speaker:  Ron Nunn
Date: Tuesday, 7 Oct 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Location:  Sumner School (see directions below)

Pre-meeting Venue
: Bua Thai 
1635 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
Dupont Circle Metro

In 2008, Ron Nunn received a grant from the Paul Peck Institute for Humanities at Montgomery College to do research on artifacts residing in the Cohasset Massachussetts Historical Society. This happens to be where John Smith landed 400 years ago in 1614 and met the Conahasset Indians for which the town is named. The artifacts in the Cohasset Historical Society cover the entire period of human habitation in New England from the Paleo-Indian phase up to contact with John Smith.

My anthropology studies started when I was in high school in what is called in British terminology a "Hill Station" called Kodaikannal in Tamil Nadu, South India. I did my first excavation on an Iron Age burial site. I later majored in anthropology at Auburn University in Alabama with a minor in agriculture. In 1981 I started graduate work at American University where I received an M.A. I worked with the US Dept. of Agriculture and then was hired to work in Kenya under a USAID project to help computerize the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Health. After the USAID contract ended I became a consultant and then an entrepreneur starting a private computer business in Nairobi. In 1994 I started the first "commercial" e-mail service in Kenya known as ThornTree Communications. In 1998 I began a business Known as "AnthroTours" in which I re-discovered my interest in Archaeology taking tour groups to Koobie Fora on Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya and to Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania. In 2000 I returned to the United States and began doing contract archaeology in the Washington Area. In 2003 I joined Montgomery College and continue doing archaeology in the area with students.

Meeting:  Charles Sumner School, corner of 17th St and M St NW, Washington, DC

How to get there:  The Sumner School is located at 1201 17th St NW (corner of 17th St and M St NW).  The entrance to the meeting area is on 17th St under the black metal stairway. Directions from Metro Red Line: From Farragut North station, take either L St exit, walk one block east to 17th St, turn left and walk 2 blocks north.  Enter the building through the double doors under the black metal staircase.  MEETING ROOM:  Rotating Gallery G-4 (ground floor).

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