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Monthly Meeting: Ken Feder on Lye Stones, Cider Presses, and Sacrificed Virgins

  • May 20, 2013 · 7:30 PM

We are pleased to welcome our favorite archaeologist Kenneth L. Feder, Ph.D., to present this talk on Monday, March 18, at 700 Hartford Turnpike in Hamden.

About this talk, Ken says, “Hypothesis testing in the historical sciences relies on what authors Michael Shermer and Alex Grobman call ‘a convergence of evidence.’ Whether we’re talking about holocaust denial (the focus of their book), the pre-Clovis settlement of North America, or transatlantic visits to the New World before Columbus, researchers rely on multiple, independent channels of evidence converging on the same explanation to support a particular hypothesis. In the example presented here, I’ll assess the converging evidence for the object called “The Sacrificial Table” located at the Mystery Hill site in New Hampshire.”

Sure, the name given the stone by the owners suggests its use in blood-soaked pagan rituals. If you want to find out what conclusion multiple, independent avenues of evidence support, you’ll have to hear Ken’s talk!

Ken is a professor of Archaeology at Central Connecticut State University and is the author of several books on this subject.

We’ll start with thirty minutes of coffee and conversation at 7:30 p.m. The talk will follow brief announcements at 8:00 PM.

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