Author to discuss Native American past in free lecture

A free program on Native Americans of the Savannah River Valley will be offered from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Augusta Museum of History.

The event, part of a broader celebration of Native American History Month, includes a talk by University of South Carolina archaeologist Chester DePratter, who has worked on many Indian sites in Georgia and South Carolina.

He has also written numerous articles on prehistoric archaeology and the exploration routes of Spanish explorers and is the author of the book Late Prehistoric and Early Historic Chiefdoms in the Southeastern United States.

Since 1989, DePratter has focused on the 16th-century Spanish site of Santa Elena and the search for the French site of Charlesfort. One of his current research projects involves town sites of the several Indian groups who moved into the Savannah River valley between 1659 and 1770.

The program is co-sponsored by the museum and the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy. For more details, call Clay Burckhalter, (706) 828-2109 or e-mail Burckhalter@naturalsciencesacademy.org.

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