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Eugene J. Boesch, PhD will present a lecture that examines Native American cultures and adaptations in the southeastern New York region from the area's earliest occupation by humans, at least 13,000 years ago, to the period of initial European exploration. Understanding Past Native American Cultures in the Hudson Valley Through Archaeology, the program will also include a display of artifacts. The program is of particularly broad interest in Orange County because the Lenape Native Americans lived in the Newburgh – Cornwall area and environs.

Changing climate and environmental settings over that time, particularly the end of the last ice age and the appearance of an essentially modern climate, as well as population movements, resulted in the development of many prehistoric cultures and diverse life ways. Archaeologists refer to these specific timeframes as the Paleo-Indian (11,000 - 6,500 BC), Archaic (6,500 - 1,000 BC), Woodland (1,000 BC - AD 1,500), and Euro-American Contact periods (AD 1,500 - 1,650). Dr. Boesch will also have a question and answer discussion period during the presentation.

Dr. Boesch is a senior archaeologist in Historic Preservation and Archaeology. He received a PhD in Anthropology from New York University, specializing in Native American cultures and adaptations in the Eastern Woodlands of North America.

This lecture presentation is sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities, Speakers in the Humanities and is part of the Cultural Affairs lecture series. It is free and open to the public. Questions may be directed to [masked] or [masked]/4891. Check out website

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