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Charleston library to present program on early Native Americans

The early belief that West Virginia was used as strictly hunting grounds for Native Americans with no permanent inhabitants is now being debunked.

Archaeologist Darla Spencer will talk about her findings from her book, “Early Native Americans in West Virginia,” in presentations at the Kanawha County Public Library.

Spencer excavates the fascinating lives of some of the Mountain State’s earliest people, exploring their daily routines, languages and their descendants. A book signing will follow her presentation.

The book states that members of the Fort Ancient culture resided along the rich bottomlands of southern West Virginia and several other sites, including Buffalo, Logan and Orchard. These findings, along with other newly discovered evidence, show a thriving early Native population and further expands the history of West Virginia.

Spencer currently serves as a board member for the Council for West Virginia Archaeology and is the secretary and treasurer for the West Virginia Archaeological Society. She has worked with the Native American History Council of West Virginia and teaches Native American Studies at West Virginia University.

Spencer will present her program at 6 p.m. Monday, July 24 at the Main Library, 123 Capitol St., Charleston.

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