Dr. Danielle Riebe, Archaeological Anthropologist at the University of North Georgia-Gainesville and the University of Georgia, will present at the Lumpkin Co. Public Library for the Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild (BRAG) on Wednesday, November 9 at 7 PM. Her topic is “The Hungarian Connection.”
You may also join in via Zoom a few minutes before 7 pm using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88352713537?pwd=M0o2YzFlcEpSSVhxTm5GYS9iR0g5UT09 (Meeting ID: 883 5271 3537 and Passcode: 583481 if needed)
Dr. Riebe is a prehistoric archaeologist working on projects in Hungary, Greece, and North America. Her primary research focuses on understanding how peoples’ actions result in identity formation. Her talk will present the ongoing results from two projects that are linked by this “Hungarian connection.” Over the past 10 years, Dr. Riebe has directed the Prehistoric Interactions on the Plain Project (PIPP) in southeastern Hungary investigating how everyday interactions through trade, community activities, and ritual shape prehistoric identities.
The current scope of research concentrates on the Late Neolithic (5,000-4,500 BCE) tell site of Csökmő-Káposztás-domb. Over the past 5 years, magnetometric survey, surface collection survey, and targeted excavations at the site have provided information about the active role that people had in the creation of their own social identities. This notion of identity and a connection to the past have driven Dr. Riebe’s recent research interests in the state of Georgia. Near Tallapoosa, GA a late 19th and early 20thcentury Hungarian community thrived for a short time. While not much of the community remains, after a century of relative obsoletion and dilapidation, the Budapest Cemetery has recently become of interest to the Hungarian-American community in the state of Georgia. Using ground penetrating radar (GPR), the graves of unmarked or previously marked interred individuals are being identified and new markers are being placed on these locations. This project highlights the transcendency of identity and social bonds over time.
For 20 years, Dr. Riebe has used her expertise in analytical techniques (e.g., laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry and portable X-ray fluorescence) and archaeological methods in research all over the world (Mongolia, Hungary, Vietnam, Philippines, Croatia, Greece, Italy, USA). After receiving her PhD in 2016, she held several multi-year postdoctoral research positions (Field Museum of Natural History and University of Illinois at Chicago). In 2020, she moved with her husband, Dr. Attila Gyucha, to Athens, Georgia after he received a tenure-track position at the University of Georgia. Since then, she has been teaching a variety of archaeology and anthropology courses at the University of Georgia, and in 2022, she received a one-year instructor position at the University of North Georgia-Gainesville campus.
BRAG meetings are held in the Lumpkin County Library, 56 Mechanicsville Road, Dahlonega, at 7:00 pm. Meeting rooms are entered from the right-hand (east) end of the building. The club’s meetings are free and open to the interested public.
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