Thursday, April 13, 2017

Humanist Meeting April 19, 2017

We have a treat in store for you at our monthly meeting this Wednesday the 19th of April. Dr. Ken Sassaman Archeologist at the Department of Anthropology, University of Florida will be presenting 

Futures of the Ancients: How Dwellers of the Gulf Coast Brought the Sun to Earth to Divine Change.

From about 5,000-3,200 years ago, communities for the Gulf Coast frequently relocated their cemeteries and settlements landward as the sea rose with warming climate. The rate and magnitude of sea level rise was never predictable, but frequent and severe enough to warrant future planning. To lessen the impacts of the unpredictable, Gulf coastal communities referenced solar cycles in their emplacement of cemeteries, settlements, and eventually caches of soapstone vessels at the same time of site abandonment. This solar grid, of Futurescape not only softened the impact of intermittent change, it not only resulted in the integration of communities from Florida to Louisiana. At 3,200 years ago, the long-term trend of warming climate reversed, causing the sea to regress and with if region-wide cultural change.

We hope you will join us for this enlightening topic delivered by a knowledgeable and gifted professional. Those of you who enjoyed his previous presentation last year will be eager to see him again, and we hope to see some new faces!

As a reminder, we meet monthly at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, located on NW 34th Street in Gainesville on the third Wednesday. The meetings start at about 6:30 as the coffee brews and we begin socializing with the snacks and beverages that our members and visitors bring. At 7:00 the meeting starts. We are expecting a good attendance for this meeting, so we’ll put out extra chairs for you and your friends.  See you there!

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  1. I'm looking forward to it! I remember Dr. Sassaman's talk last year as being informative and fascinating.

    1. That was such an amazing talk again. I would love to have him talk more often!