Archaeology Lecture Series - Materializing Ontology in Monumental Form: The Belle Glade Monumental Landscape
Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Nathan Lawres, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Florida
Materializing Ontology in Monumental Form: The Belle Glade Monumental Landscape
Archaeologists have always been interested in the material aspects of life including those material things (living and nonliving) that people interact with, along with the materials they transform into the various objects used in life. These objects and interactions are what eventually form the archaeological record. Recently, archaeologists have become interested in how ontologies – or understandings of how the world exists – can affect cultural practices and how those practices become materialized. This talk will discuss how an ontology, or view of reality, can be materialized as monumental architecture. The monuments of the Belle Glade archaeological culture, located within the Kissimmee-Okeechobee-Everglades watershed, are used to illustrate this approach. I argue that the Belle Glade understanding of reality is encapsulated within the region’s monumental architecture invoking references to relations with water, the cosmos, seasonality, people, and places throughout the landscape.
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