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'Craig Mound Cosmology'

Barry McNamara
James Brown, chair of the department of anthropology at Northwestern University, will present an archaeology lecture at Monmouth College on Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Titled “Craig Mound Cosmology: Reconstructing the Great Mortuary at Spiro,” the free talk will be held in the Morgan Room of Poling Hall. It is sponsored by MC’s classics department, in cooperation with the Western Illinois Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA).

“The main cone of the Craig Mound at the Spiro site, located in eastern Oklahoma, was the source of a famous trove of Mississippian artifacts,” said Brown. “Past interpretations have assumed that the artifacts were burial goods for elite graves. New insights have rejected the elite graves premise and led to an emphasis on the objects as elements that map a cosmology, in which the graves were merely adjunct.”