- Lecture, "Our Hidden Landscapes"
Stone Cultural Features and Ceremonial Landscapes by Dr. Lucianne Lavin, Director of Research, Institute for American Indian Studies. Sponsored by Small Area Land Trusts.
I might argue the point about Stone Cultural Features being only noticed (recognized, properly interpreted) by trained archaeologists and historians, but I am certainly happy to see that the Land Trusts of NW Connecticut are beginning to become interested in the idea that Indigenous Cultural Landscapes, that are probably better described as "unrecognized" rather than actually "hidden," may still be visible on their properties. While I often disagree with the interpretations of most archaeologists and historians about Stone Features such as stone piles or stone walls, I admire Dr. Luci's open mindedness and her courage to include a section on "Stone Piles, Farm Clearing and Sacred Places" in her book "Connecticut's Indigenous Peoples."
Luci and I have known each other for many years. Every conversation we have had always seems too brief but every one of them has always been enlightening to me. She has taken the time to actually visit some sites or features I've come across and I suspect she reads my blog and Rock Piles as well, sees some value in the observations recorded at both. I am really looking forward to attending...