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Unearthing Rosewood: An Archaeology of Violence and Hope
Lecturer, UCF Department of Anthropology
Wednesday, Feburary 26, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.
Rosewood was a prosperous African American community hard-won from the swampy hammocks of north Florida. Although the town was destroyed in 1923, the community continued, scattered across the state of Florida and beyond. Now, nearly 100 years after this tragic event the story of Rosewood remains shrouded from public view. Those who have heard of Rosewood are rarely aware of the community’s deeper history, or its relation to other places across the state.
Dr. González-Tennant will discuss the role of archaeology and geospatial sciences in unearthing Rosewood’s complex history. In addition to describing how digital technologies aid traditional archaeological methods, he’ll discuss the importance of outreach and its ability to support a public conversation on racial reconciliation.
Edward González-Tennant, Ph.D. is a lecturer in anthropology at UCF. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Florida. He spent four years teaching at Monmouth University and two as the Geospatial Services Group Leader with SEARCH, Inc prior to joining UCF.
His research explores the use of geospatial and remote sensing technologies to understand how geophysical processes impact heritage sites. He also explores the use of digital and visual technologies to communicate archaeological research with the public. He has conducted research on five continents and maintains an active public speaking schedule. He is the author of The Rosewood Massacre: An Archaeology and History of Intersectional Violence available from the University Press of Florida.