Presentation by Dr. Steve Davis, Archaeological Investigations in Hillsborough and on the UNC Campus (Programs)
Orange County has a rich history of human occupation spanning more than 12,000 years, and for more than 80 years, archaeologists from UNC’s Research Laboratories of Archaeology have investigated many of the county’s archaeological sites through survey and excavation. This talk will highlight work at four of these sites—two on Eno River near Hillsborough where the Occaneechi and ancestors of the Shakori tribe once lived, and two on the UNC Campus just off Franklin Street where privately-owned buildings were constructed during the early years of the University.
Dr. Davis is Associate Director of UNC’s Research Laboratories of Archaeology and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology. He received his BA from UNC in 1974 and his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in 1986, and he has worked at UNC for the past 37 years. During that time, much of his field research has focused on the Native American occupation of the central Carolinas over the last 1000 years and the impact of European colonization and settlement on the indigenous population. He also has directed numerous excavations on the UNC Campus.