- Dickson Mounds, Lewistown
Lewistown, IL --The Illinois Valley Archaeological Society (IVAS) will meet Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at the Dickson Mounds Museum beginning at 7:00 p.m. Featured speaker will be Dr. Rachel Horner Brackett, assistant professor of anthropology and archeology at Black Hawk College in Moline, IL, who will present a talk titled “How Were the Pyramids Constructed? (Hint: It wasn’t aliens!)”. This event is free and the public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be available following the presentation.
The Egyptian pyramids at Giza are the result of centuries of development, experiment and adaptation. Many view these iconic structures as mysterious or mystical, when in reality their construction was the result of changing burial customs and skillful engineering. In this presentation, which is based on a popular lecture Prof. Horner Brackett gives at Black Hawk College, the audience will learn about the pre-Dynastic period tombs in Egypt and the evolution to the massive pyramid structures we equate with Ancient Egypt today.
Dr. Rachel Horner Brackett earned her PhD in anthropology at the University of Iowa. Dr. Horner Brackett lives in Muscatine, Iowa with her family and enjoys exploring local historical and archaeological sites, volunteering as a Master Gardener, and trying to improve her flint knapping skills.
The Illinois State Museum—Dickson Mounds is located between Lewistown and Havana off Illinois Routes 78 and 97. The museum is open free to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day. Tours and special programs are available for groups with reservations. For more information call 309.547.3721 or TTY 217.782.9175 or visit the museum's web site at www.IllinoisStateMuseum.org or www.ExperienceEmiquon.com. Also check out weekly updates on Facebook at “Illinois State Museum – Dickson Mounds”.