DeeAnne Wymer to Present “Before the Three Sisters: Ancient Farming Practices of the Moundbuilders”

Lecture to be held Monday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room

28 February, 2017 by Sarah Stanley

WOOSTER – DeeAnne Wymer, professor of anthropology at Bloomsburg University, will present “Before the Three Sisters: Ancient Farming Practices of the Moundbuilders” on Monday, March 6, at The College of Wooster. Wymer’s lecture is free and open to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.). A reception will follow.

Wymer will discuss how most schoolchildren are at least taught about the three sisters (maize, squash, and beans) as the main agricultural crops of Native Americans in the eastern woodlands, but few individuals are familiar with the indigenous crops that were grown long before the famous triad became staples. She will examine our current understanding of the most ancient of domesticated crops in North America, in place in the verdant valleys of the eastern woodlands by at least 5,000 years ago.

Wymer received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. Her research interests include archaeology, paleoethnobotany, evolution of food production, archaeological method and theory, pseudoscience and North American eastern woodlands, and Egyptian archaeology and paleoethnobotany.

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