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The Cultural Ecology of
Native Americans in Southern
New England, 10,000 B.C.–1750 A.D.

with Kevin McBride
Anthropology Professor at the University of Connecticut
and Research Director at the Mashantucket
Pequot Museum and Research Center

at Members' and Friends' Night

Friday, June 13, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Olin Science Center Auditorium and Lounge.

FREE and Open to the Public!

Kevin McBride will explore the relationship between Native Americans and the physical landscape over the last 10,000 years. During this period indigenous peoples adapted to a number of minor and major climatic events and environmental changes; sometimes in very dramatic ways that included actively manipulating and modifying their environments to increase habitat productivity and to increase food production. The “pristine” environments the first European explorers and colonists encountered in the New World were not unspoiled but had been altered by thousands of years of Native American land use.
  Professor McBride’s local interests include ongoing battlefield surveys in Mystic and Groton. He has conducted archaeological research in northeastern North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Portugal. Professor McBride is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the Task Force on Indian Affairs (the Governor’s and the Natural History Museum’s).