“The Place of Stone: Dighton Rock and the Erasure of America’s Indigenous Past”

by Douglas Hunter

Date & Time: Saturday, October 7, 1pm
Location: Massachusetts Archaeological Society’s Robbins Museum, 17 Jackson Street Middleborough, MA     
Admission: Free

Douglas Hunter, PhD, will present on his newly published book entitled “A Place of Stone.” Dighton Rock is a forty-ton boulder covered in petroglyphs located in southern Massachusetts, and is claimed by many to be the most frequently documented artifact in American archaeology. First noted by colonists in 1680, the rock’s markings have been debated by scholars and everyday people alike on both sides of the Atlantic.  The glyphs have been erroneously assigned to an array of non-indigenous cultures.  Historian Douglas Hunter uses Dighton Rock to reveal the long, complex history of colonization, American archaeology, and the conceptualization of indigenous people.  Reception and book-signing will follow the talk.

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