Contact: Wendel Sloan at 575.562.2253
PORTALES—The Department of Anthropology and Applied Archaeology and Mu Alpha Nu Anthropology Club at Eastern New Mexico University will host the 9th annual Cynthia Irwin-Williams lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, in Room 112 of the Jack Williamson Liberal Arts Building on the Portales campus. It is free and open to the public.
The guest speaker is Douglas Schwartz, President Emeritus and Senior Scholar at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe. He will speak on “Researching at the Edge of Splendor: Discovering Grand Canyon Prehistory.”
Schwartz writes about his work:
"The prehistory of the Grand Canyon was essentially unknown when I was first introduced to it as a young undergraduate in 1949. Over the next twenty years, beginning with my doctoral research there as a graduate student at Yale, I conducted a number of pioneering archaeological surveys throughout the Canyon.
"Building on this work, in the 1960's I directed a series of excavations, the first major work of its kind in the Grand Canyon area. My work in the Canyon combined back-country exploration, river running, archaeological excavating, ecological research, climatology and ethnographic studies and it uncovered an unexpected and fascinating picture of prehistoric life in this unique environment."
For more information, contact David Batten at 575.562.2750.