Debunking Iconic Myths: Using Archaeology to Reinterpret Civil War Sites Stories in Missouri talk by Dr. Doug Scott

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Coulter Science Center Lecture Hall, Westminster College
Tues., March 21
11 a.m.-noon

Douglas Scott
Adjunct Research Faculty
Applied Anthropology and Geography Program
Colorado Mesa University

Warfare is as old as humankind. Systematic archaeological investigations of fields of conflict have the ability to reveal new insight into iconic sites that have achieved near mythic constructs in the public eye. Missouri Civil War battle sites such as, Boonville, the Centralia Massacre and Moore’s Mill are the subject of professional and public interest. Documentary resources are employed time after time resulting in no more than opinions of the authors being vehemently stated. The only “new” data to assess questions and the variety of historical opinion is independent physical evidence of artifacts collected and analyzed employing professional archaeological methods. Archaeological investigations as well as the application of new analytical techniques are able to address issues of whether or not the myths can be substantiated, revised, or rejected. This talk will address how archaeological evidence has substantiated or modified how we view several iconic stories of conflict sites, in particular the Moore’s Mill Battle and its value in today’s world.

This event is presented by Westminster College, the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society, and the Missouri Humanities Council.

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Coulter Science Center Lecture Hall, Westminster College
501 Westminster Ave.
Fulton, MO 65251

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