The Coosa Valley Chapter and the Jacksonville State University Archaeology Club annual meeting kicks off a weekend of events of local and state interest. Archaeologists from throughout the state will attend, and several leading experts will speak about the earliest inhabitants of the area.

JSU’s archaeologist and anthropology professor, Harry Holstein, will present a PowerPoint lecture Friday beginning at 7 p.m. in Room 142 of Martin Hall. The free event is entitled, “35 Years of Archaeological Investigations of Sacred Native American Stone Structures in Alabama and the Eastern United States.” Refreshments will be served.

Then, beginning at 7:30 a.m., Saturday in the same location, registration will begin for a day featuring a professional archeologist, Robert Perry, who was instrumental in designing Oxford’s Choccolocco Park and is currently investigating an old mining ghost town in Northern Alabama. He has been using the latest radar equipment available, LIDAR, to establish the old houses and the parameter of the town. Also speaking will be Van King and Matthew Grimwald. Saturday’s events cost $5 per person, and lunch will be served.

Here is a schedule of Saturday’s events:

7:30 a.m. Registration, meet and meet in the lobby Martin Hall

   8:30 a.m. Welcome, Dr. Harry O. Holstein

   8:45 a.m. Archaeological Investigations of Battelle, DeKalb County, Alabama Using LIDAR Technology to Locate an early 20th century Mining Ghost Town. Robert E. Perry

   9:15 a.m. Native American Pottery and Chronology in the Choccolocco Valley. Robert E. Perry and Van D. King

   10:30 a.m. The Career of Carey B. Oakley. Matthew M. Grimwald

   11 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch and Board Meeting

   1:15 – 3:30 p.m. Archaeological Tour of Two Native American Sacred Stone Structure Sites located along the Crest of Choccolocco Mountain tour led by Harry Holstein

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