Title of Lecture
Digging Savannah: Monks, Freedmen, Ghosts, and Myths
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Description of Lecture
Recent research at both the Benedictine Monastery and Freedman school on Skidaway Island and the Sorrel-Weed House on Madison Square has revealed new historical details but has also forced us to contend with the present, including the thorny issues of privilege and descendant communities’ access to their own past. The ghosts of Savannah’s past spur tourism but can challenge us with uncomfortable and sometimes brutal histories. How do we introduce these new histories to old sites without upsetting and risking the loss of excavation privileges? What happens when archaeological findings conflict with historical myths held dear?
Seifert, Laura, "Digging Savannah: Monks, Freedmen, Ghosts, and Myths" (2018). Robert Ingram Strozier Lecture Series. 28.
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