38th Annual Third Sunday Archeology Lecture Series

Third Sunday Archeology

Archaeology team looks for artifacts

Event Details

Date: February 21, 2021

Times: 2 p.m.

Location: Virtual Presentations via Zoom

The 38th Annual Third Sunday Archeology Lecture Series is returning for 2021. All three lectures in the series will be virtual presentations, via Zoom. Click here to access the zoom link and attend the presentation

The next lecture is scheduled for February 21 and March 21. All lectures will take place at 2 p.m. The event is free and no registration is required. 

Check out the list of list of speakers and their abstracts:

January 17, 2021

Matthew E. Hill, Jr., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Iowa
Our Furry Companions: The Changing (and Changeless) Nature of the Dog-Human Relationship  

Dogs have been our constant companions for thousands of years. They have played an intimate part in human lives from the time hunter-gatherers first entered the Americas to the present-day. While it seems that dogs have always been by our side, their physical form and their relationships with us have changed over time. The talk will present current ideas on the origins of native North American dogs and describe their roles in our lives over thousands of years. This will highlight how both modern and past people used dogs for transportation, as a source of fiber, as spiritual beings, and occasionally as sources of food. By looking back and forward in time, we can see how these furry companions have become so important in our lives.

February 21, 2021
Geoff Jones, Archeological Geophysicist, Archaeo-Physics, Ltd., Minneapolis, Minnesota
Geophysics and Remote Sensing in Great Plains Archaeology

Subsurface geophysics and remote sensing are fundamentally changing archaeological research. These developing technologies provide new views of archaeological sites and landscapes and of what lies beneath the surface. These methods are also non-destructive, making them important for preservation and for studying cemeteries and other sensitive sites. Case studies from sites on the Plains will be presented to illustrate the different methods and their archaeological potential. These will include a range of historic and pre-contact sites. Application concerns for archaeologists, such as integration into research design and site management will be discussed.

March 21, 2021 
Mike Waters, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Director, Center for the Study of the First Americans, Texas A&M University
Ice Age Explorers of the Americas: What the Archeological and Genetic Evidence Tells Us About the Initial Peopling of the Americas

Archeological and genetic evidence show that the 80-year-old Clovis First Model no longer explains the exploration and settlement of the Americas by humans at the end of the last Ice Age. Evidence from archeological sites in North and South America is providing empirical evidence that people occupied the Americas by 15,000 years ago. Studies of modern and ancient genomes confirm this age estimate and tell us who these people were and where they came from. This archeological and genetic evidence is rewriting our understanding of the First Americans. 

For more information on the series contact, L. Adrien Hannus, the Archeology Lab Director