Knowledge is a wonderful thing. So is a glass of delicious wine. Why not have the best of both worlds? On Saturday evening, April 18, there will be a tasting of Argentine and Chilean wines, as well as a lecture delivered by Ben Hoksbergen, Archaeologist at Redstone Arsenal. His lecture, "Potlucks and Platform Pipes: The Role of Feasting in the Prehistoric Tennessee Valley," will look at the social functions of gathering to eat. Hoksbergen writes, "For the prehistoric inhabitants of the Tennessee Valley, feasting was not merely a chance to gorge themselves on delicious food - it was an opportunity to cement social bonds, renew alliances with other groups, meet potential mates, learn about the world beyond their kin group, and maintain peaceful coexistence with their neighbors. Recent excavations in north Alabama are revealing how important feasting was in prehistory, and are showing what can happen when those rituals of social cohesion begin to break down." A silent auction will also take place at the event.
The event is open to the public, and will be located at the home of Ann and John Kvach at 4834 Cove Creek Dr., Huntsville (Brownsboro), Alabama from 6-8 PM.
For tickets, please contact Dr. Lillian Joyce at JoyceL@uah.edu, or call 256.824.6114. Ticket sales support the public archaeology lecture series of the North Alabama Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. Prices are as follows:
It will be a wonderful evening, and we hope to see you there!