Town Creek to commemorate Coe’s birthday

Town Creek Indian Mound will host one of its biggest events of the year this weekend as it commemorates the birthday of Dr. Joffre Coe.

Joffre Lanning Coe (1916-2000) was a noted anthropologist who led work at the Hardaway site in Stanly County, N.C., and at the Town Creek Indian Mound near Mount Gilead, N.C. (photo courtesy of the UNC University Library)

Joffre Lanning Coe (1916-2000) was a noted anthropologist who led work at the Hardaway site in Stanly County, N.C., and at the Town Creek Indian Mound near Mount Gilead, N.C. (photo courtesy of the UNC University Library)

Born in 1916, Coe was the archaeologist who oversaw much of the excavation and interpretation of the Town Creek site, believed to date back as far as the 12th century. He also led important discoveries at the Hardaway Site near Badin, one of the oldest finds in North America, dating back to the Paleo-Indian era.

The Town Creek State Historic Site near Mount Gilead calls its annual event “Dr. Coe’s Birthday Bash”, and it has come to include a number of hands-on activities aimed at developing a better understanding of archaeological science.

The celebration will be this Sat., Jul. 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with birthday cake and ice cream served at 1 p.m. More information is available at 910-439-6802, or online at http://www.towncreekindianmound.com.

Dr. Joffre Coe was a professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina. He died in 2000.


 

Country music entertainer Josh Turner, on a personal visit to Town Creek Indian Mound near Mount Gilead, N.C., Jul. 4, 2014. (TCIM photo)

Country music entertainer Josh Turner, on a personal visit to Town Creek Indian Mound near Mount Gilead, N.C., Jul. 4, 2014. (TCIM photo)

Last weekend, Town Creek hosted country music singer Josh Turner, who stopped on a personal visit to the site. While at Town Creek, Turner explained to site manager Rich Thompson that he has had an interest in American Indian history since childhood, when Turner and his grandfather would hunt for arrowheads in recently-plowed fields near his home in the Pee Dee basin in South Carolina.

Turner was in the area to perform a July 4 concert at Fort Bragg, N.C.

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