Ceramic Art of the Mississippian World Topic of Beckwith Memorial Lecture


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 18, 2005 — Dr. David Dye of the University of Memphis will lecture on “Myth, Iconography, and the Afterworld: Ceramic Art of the Mississippian World (A.D. 1200-1300)” at the annual Beckwith Memorial Lecture planned for April 7 in the Southeast Missouri Regional Museum at Southeast Missouri State University.

The lecture is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the museum’s University Gallery, located in Memorial Hall, Room 122.

Dye will discuss ceramic human effigies from the 13th century and explore how they embody aspects of Mississippian cosmology. Found throughout southeast Missouri, these effigies provide clues for understanding a lost world of myth, ritual, and belief that archaeologists are only now beginning to understand.  The lecture will outline new information and interpretations about the nature of Mississippian belief and present the hypothesis that some human effigies represented important deities who touched every aspect of daily life. 

Dye is associate professor of archaeology at the University of Memphis.  He is a co-editor of Towns and Temples along the Mississippi.  Most recently, Dye was a contributor and a primary photographer for the Hero, Hawk, and Open Hand catalogue, which accompanies the exhibition by the same name that opened in early March at the St. Louis Art Museum.

For more information, contact Jim Phillips at (573) 651-5993 or John Adamik at (573) 651-2301.