Jack Rossen, Department of Anthropology, spoke at Colgate University on September 18.


Contributed by Brooke Hansen

The talk was titled “Longhouse, Cookhouse, Smoking Pipes, Eclipse: Archaeology of the Cayuga Heartland and the Origins of Confederacy.”

The talk summarized 15 years of archaeological research, attempts to reconcile archaeology and oral history, and new ideas about the founding of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy. Held in the Ho Tung Visual Lab/Planetarium, the talk included visual recreation from space and on the ground of the A.D. 909 eclipse that may relate to the “black sun” story of Haudenosaunee oral history.