Susan M. Alt

2017, April 25–27
Exploring the Religious Experiences of Ancient CitiesShort SeminarExploring the Religious Experiences of Ancient CitiesScholars’ understanding of religion has changed significantly in the last 15 years, becoming more relational, spiritual, and ontological—i.e., people live religion rather than “believe” it. The archaeology of cities has matured as well, with a wealth of new data on the diverse forms that fall under this rubric. For both of these reasons, the participants of this seminar believe that the time has come for a major rethinking of the causal relationships between early urbanism and religion.
2015
Medieval MississippiansSAR Press PublicationMedieval Mississippians: The Cahokian WorldMedieval Mississippians, the eighth volume in the award-winning Popular Archaeology Series, introduces a key historical period in pre-Columbian eastern North America—the “Mississippian” era—via chapters on places, practices, and peoples written from Native American and non-Native perspectives on the past. 
2015, March 3–4
Chaco and Cahokia: Histories, Landscapes, and HinterlandsShort SeminarChaco and Cahokia: Histories, Landscapes, and HinterlandsThis seminar convened to evaluate the current state of research and theoretical issues for Chaco and Cahokia, their respective hinterlands, and to lay the groundwork for a truly continental archaeology by considering connections to Mesoamerica.
2008–2009
Visiting Research AssociateAncient Midwestern Immigrants: Willing and Unwilling


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