FLORENCE – Archaeological stewardship is a historic preservation movement that is focused on the protection of archaeological sites for future generations. Historic buildings are threatened with removal, alteration, and neglect, but archaeological sites face a different set of risks from environmental factors and human destruction. Protecting our archaeological sites and resources is an important part of understanding our history and investing in future generations.

Dr. Kandace Hollenbach is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She also serves as associate curator of paleoethnobotany at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture. Dr. Hollenbach’s research focuses on early and historic foodways of peoples of the eastern United States, and she is the author of the book, Foraging, in the Tennessee Valley, 12,500 to 8,000 Years Ago (2009, U. of Alabama). Her talk will begin at 2pm on Sunday, December 8 and is titled, “Ancient Foodways of the Tennessee Valley: A View of the Deep Past from Archaeological Plant Remains.”

The presentation will focus on the changes from foraging to farming between about 12,000 and 3,000 years ago from sites around northern Alabama and eastern Tennessee.

This event is the fifth in a series of presentations based around archaeological study and stewardship in the Shoals region. For more information, call 256-760-6427. The Florence Indian Mound Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10-4, and Sunday, 1-4. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students.