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Local author Curtiss Hoffman discusses new book ‘Stone Prayers’
June 13 @ 7:00 pm
Ashland – Dr. Curtiss Hoffman will discuss his new book, Stone Prayers: Native American Constructions of the Eastern Seaboard, at the Ashland Community Center, 162 West Union St. (Route 135), Ashland, on Thursday, June 13, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale and signing after the presentation.
Tens of thousands of stone monuments are scattered throughout the woodlands and fields of the eastern seaboard of the United States and Canada. These stone constructions have been the subject of debate among archaeologists and antiquarians for the past 75 years.
Were these structures built by colonial farmers removing rocks from their fields; pre-Columbian transatlantic voyagers; or as sacred places by the indigenous peoples of the region? Or, are they a result of natural deposition by glaciers or downslope erosion?
A longtime Ashland resident, Hoffman holds a PhD from Yale University in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, and since 1973, has directed field operations at archaeological sites in southern New England. He is an emeritus professor in the Department of Anthropology at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, where he has taught since 1978. He is past president of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society and recently served as the editor of its Bulletin.
The event is co-sponsored by Arcadia Publishing and the Ashland Open Space and Recreation Committee.