MANZANITA - The Manzanita Creative Arts Council sponsors the last in the series of talks by historian and social anthropologist Teresa Taylor of Portland State University at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Pine Grove Community Center.

The talk, "Confronting the Silence of the Grave: Interpreting Bog Bodies" will investigate the strength of the theory of ritual sacrifice, which has predominated for many decades and still underpins much investigation. With the aid of slides, the nature of evidence and the developments and problems of interpretation will be considered. "The special properties of bogs have held the secret of our ancestors preserved in their watery graves through time and change. One period above all others, that of the European Iron Age, has revealed larger numbers of bodies deposited in bogs in unnatural burial. Were these people the subject of crime or of ritual sacrifice? The challenge for archaeologists today is to understand the message that those silent lips cannot speak," Taylor said.

Taylor is a co-founder of the Institute for Social and International Studies offering study abroad with undergraduate and professional courses in Barcelona. Her background is in social anthropology, medieval history and archaeology. Taylor was born and educated in England and has lived and worked extensively in Europe, Canada and in the United States. She currently resides part-time in Manzanita.

A $3 donation is suggested.

Beginning Dec. 19, the Arts Council will host a Winter Solstice Exhibit at the North County Recreation District in Nehalem. Local artists are invited to submit work which reflects and honors the changing seasons. Submitted work should be gallery-ready and brought to Nehalem County Recreation District (NCRD,) the kitchen room by Dec. 18. The opening reception with food provided by Rebecca O'Day will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 19. Work should be priced to include 25 percent to the MCAC scholarship fund. The exhibit will run through Dec. 21 and will need to be picked up between 4 and 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22.

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