Monday October 8, 7:30pm
Multi-Purpose Room
Culver City Veterans Memorial

ROCK CARVINGS
FROM ANCIENT OHIO: 100 BC TO 400 AD

An illustrated presentation by Writer, Editor, Archeologist Karl Stull

 

 

 

 

Historians can tell us all about the ancient “Old World,” but they know very little about the ancient peoples of North America, before Columbus. This program offers an overview of todays scientific understanding of the ancient Hopewell culture through the lens of their rock carvings - focusing on their methods, styles, and particular achievements.

The first wave of European settlers traveling west, crossed the Appalachian Mountains and settled in the Ohio River Valley. These settlers found large-scale earthworks left by some ancient civilization. They uncovered huge burial mounds that held fantastic caches of luxury items: tens of thousands of fresh water pearls; copper ornaments; and minerals gathered from as far away as Canada and the Caribbean.

They also found carvings in mica and pipestone of fantastic beauty and mystery. For more than a hundred years, archeologists have been theorizing and piecing together information on the exuberant Hopewell period, a 500 year span of a culture that could be compared to Europe’s Renaissance, except that this sudden flourishing of the arts was created by people living in small bands, not in cities.

These native people hunted with spears and cultivated gardens, but they did not grow mass crops. Of the thousands of Hopewell burials documented in archeological records, not one shows any signs of death by violence.

Karl is a retired marketing copy writer who became interested in the Mound Builder cultures during the 1990s, while he lived in central Illinois, near the Dickson Mounds site. As an avid member of the Illinois Association for the Advancement of Archeology, Karl met archeologists from the nearby the Dickson Mounds Museum. They spent many long evenings talking about the Hopewell people of ancient Illinois and Ohio: their spectacular art, their fascination with birds and underground animals, and finally, their disappearance.

Karl is a member of the Pasadena Lapidary Society, and editor of the Club newsletter.

Ken Rogers
Program Chair

Future Meetings

  • November: How to build a website
  • December: Holiday Party!

General Meetings are held the second Monday of every month* at 7:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Veterans Bldg., 4117 Overland Ave. The Multi-Purpose Room is located in back of the Veteran's Memorial Auditorium Building. When you enter the parking lot (from Culver Blvd - closest to Overland Blvd) walk to the right when facing the building. Around the corner, you will a sign leading to the Multi-Purpose room. Follow the sign and our meeting is in the room with all the glass windows and doors.

See you there!

*) Except if it falls on a federal holiday, Saturday and Sunday of the annual Fiesta of Gems show, and the day of the annual picnic.

Guests are always welcome.....

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