On Saturday, December 12, 2015, SEAC Archeologist Dr. Guy Prentice gave a presentation at the the Mission San Luis Winter Solstice Celebration entitled “Religious Beliefs and Cosmology As Reflected in the Archeological Record of the Southeast” during which he provided a brief overview of widespread Native American religious beliefs shared by the late Pre-Columbian agrarian societies of the eastern U.S.
Prominently featured in the talk was Dr. Prentice’s interpretation of the religious concepts expressed in the Birger Figurine, a stone statuette depicting a fertility goddess that was recovered in Illinois at a mortuary site located near Cahokia Mounds.
Persons interested in the topic can read his published analysis of the Birger Figurine in American Antiquity Vol. 51, No. 2, pp. 239-266.