St. Augustine Archaeology Association Meeting: The Belle Glade Monumental Landscape
The Belle Glade Monumental Landscape: Ontological Materializations of Monumental Proportions
Archaeologists have always been interested in the material aspects of life. This talk focuses on a relatively neglected aspect of this: how an ontology can be materialized as monumental architecture. In order to discuss this, Lawres will present the monuments of the Belle Glade archaeological culture, located within the Kissimmee-Okeechobee-Everglades watershed, as a case study. Evidence from this region points to the presence of a relational ontology, in which the world is created and maintained through numerous and ongoing relationships. Lawres argues that this understanding of reality is encapsulated within the Belle Glade monumental architecture and the architecture itself invokes references to relations with water, the cosmos, seasonality, people, and places throughout the landscape.
Mr. Nathan Lawres received his B.A. (Honors in the Major) and M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Central Florida and is currently a doctoral candidate in the University of Florida’s Department of Anthropology.
This event will take place in the Flagler Room.