November 11, 2000 Marshall Becker, "The Lenape and their Neighbors in the Delaware Valley 1600-1750"

     Lenape, Munsee, Iroquois, and Monongahela are names which remind us of
the many Native American peoples who lived in the region that is now Pennsylvania before the coming of Columbus. How they lived and how they interacted with one another is better  known now than in the past, thanks to recent archaeological finds and new historical studies. Marshall Becker examined the history of the Lenape culture and how the Lenape interacted with other Native peoples.

    Marshall J. Becker took all 3 of his degrees from the U of Penna.  His
doctoral research focused on settlement studies at Tikal (Becker 1999: Tikal Report 21).
After completing his doctorate he continued a research program in Italy that focused on studies of human skeletons from archaeological sites; first in the Greek colonial world, then in Iron Age Rome and later at Etruscan Tarquinia.  This research was paralleled by archaeological and ethnohistorical studies of the peoples of the Delaware Valley, with specific focus on the Lenape and their post-Contact culture history.  Present research in Italy focuses on the medieval populations of cities in the north.  An allied project involves the analysis of all the skeletons recovered from the past 100 years of excavation at the Prague Castle in the Czech Republic.
    Professor Becker has been at West Chester University for 32 years, during which time he has maintained his contacts with the University Museum (now in a consulting capacity to the Mediterranean Section) and the Department of Anthropology (now as a Research Fellow) at the University of Penna.  His present work at the Museum involves the analysis of all the cremated and other human bone found in or associated with vessels from
Etruria.

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