Main Monthly Meeting

September 24, 2021, 6:30 pm for dinner, 7:30 pm for speaker

Hybrid meeting – Jonathan’s Restaurant, 10630 Independence Pointe Pkwy, Matthews, NC and via Zoom

Unfortunately, our original speaker had to cancel this month. However, we will be showing a presentation by Christopher Branson Lowman, PhD on The Seven Myths of Archaeology, which was presented to San Francisco Mensa earlier this year.

Archaeology is the inspiration for action adventure movies and TV specials, but the reality is far more nuanced, diverse, and relevant to living people today. In this talk, he will dispel common myths about archaeology by addressing the discipline’s colonial origins, highlighting the field methods and technologies that help us understand the past, and discussing the interdisciplinary and community collaborative research currently changing the field.Dr. Lowman’s research combines historical archaeology, museum anthropology, and ethnography to explore the history of science, especially colonialism, race, gender, and policy since the 19th century. His recent research includs working on the Arboretum Chinese Quarters project in Palo Alto, California involving collaboration with descendants and excavation at a Chinese American home and workplace. Healso conducted a survey and analysis of Ainu objects in museums in the US, Canada, and Japan to understand their circulation in the past and form connections with their present-day communities of origin.

Casual dinner meeting, usually with a speaker. Come at 6:30 pm for dinner. Speaker will start at 7:30.

The restaurant is off of NC-51 on the road which runs beside the Matthews TARGET shopping center. Independence Pointe Parkway runs from Matthews Township Parkway (NEW Rt 51) to Matthews-Mint Hill Road (OLD Rt 51).

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