In This Issue: Prehistoric Earthworks of the Mississippi Valley, Chucalissa Bow-Wow, Archaeology Day, Meet Intern Lainey Goodin
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Chucalissa Anoachi 

November 2015

Volume 9, Number 8

Prehistoric Earthworks of the Mississippi Valley
New promotional website and  brochure funded by a SEAC Public Outreach Grant


Poverty Point World Heritage Site is the largest complex earthwork in North America for its time: 1700 BC to 1100 BC.  Poverty Point is one of the sites featured in a new promotional campaign for prehistoric earthworks of the Mississippi Valley.
From Iowa to Louisiana along the course of the Mississippi River are numerous prehistoric earthworks and associated museums.  These mounds and enclosures, built of earth and stone, were important components of Native American life for the past 4000 years.  The preservation of these prehistoric constructions and the cultural material and interpretive programs contained in the associated museums are truly exceptional.  In fact, two of the earthworks, Poverty Point in northeast Louisiana and Cahokia adjacent to St. Louis, Missouri are designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.   A new website is your guide to those monuments created by the prehistoric Native American inhabitants who lived along the misi-ziibi, or Great River, for thousands of years. 

The website and a promotional brochure with information on 18 sites were developed by museum director Robert Connolly and graduate student Allison Hennie thanks to a grant from the Southeastern Archaeological Conference.  Please visit the website,  Prehistoric Earthworks of the Mississippi Valley, and let us know what you think.  Your suggestions can help make the website and brochure more effective resources for information about prehistoric earthworks along the Mississippi River.


Chucalissa Bow-Wow, November 21

Photo courtesy of Phillip Van Zandt Photography
Chucalissa is teaming up with the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County to host a pet adoption event on November 21, 2015.  Bring the family out for a day of educational programs and activities and make a new canine friend.  

International Archaeology Day a Smash Hit!

Photo courtesy of Peggy Helm

Basket weaver Peggy Helm volunteered to demonstrate pine needle weaving for the museum's International Archaeology Day celebration.  The basket pictured above was created during the event by Peggy and 32 museum visitors. The youngest contributor was age 5 and the oldest was 67.  A drawing was held and Ms. Olivia Cole (age 5) won the basket.

Archaeology Day also included flint knapping and spear making demonstrations and hands-on activities in the lab and classroom.  Nineteen volunteers from the Department of Earth Sciences, the Egyptology Graduate Student Association, and AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps contributed their expertise to the event.  With over 175 people in attendance, it was a great day at the museum.



Lainey Goodin, Chucalissa Intern

Undergraduate Major in Anthropology & Earth Sciences

What are your career goals? 

My long term goal is to get my PhD in Biological Anthropology. I would like to go on archaeological trips around the world, primarily Africa, but I would also either like to become a college professor or work at a museum.  I still haven't completely hashed out the specifics on that yet, it's still a little ways a way.

What are your hobbies?

Music has been a strong part of my life since middle school. I play a few different instruments, so in my spare time I like to pick them up and mess around with them. I also like to go hunting and fishing; on school breaks, you can typically find me doing one of the two.

What is your favorite museum?

I would probably have to say the Smithsonian Air and Space museum. It has nothing to do with my educational focus, but my dad is in the Air Force, so I've had quite an exposure towards that area and I find it fascinating. 

Tell us one weird but true fact about yourself. 

Even though I've traveled around Europe and to many places in the US, I have not been to the big cities around me, such as Nashville, Little Rock, Knoxville, etc. It's odd that I haven't been to those places since they are so close, but I just have never had to opportunity. 

What projects are you working on at Chucalissa?

For my internship, I am working with collections manager Ron Brister on an exhibit, "What to know about Chucalissa." This includes making seven banners to hang in the museum and making a model of the mound complex.  I am also helping some of the graduate students out with their work by sorting and inventorying artifacts for them.


Family Days - EVERY Saturday at 10am & 1pm
For the price of regular Museum admission:
Take a tour of the Museum, throw darts with an atlatl, conduct a scavenger hunt in our Main Hall, tour our Hands-On Archaeology Lab and participate in a fun educational program and craft activity!
For more information, please visit our website.
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