Check out the events this week that reveal the ancient civilizations that once inhabited North America:
- “What’s New in the Study of the First Americans“: January 2, 7:00 PM, Illinois Valley Archaeological Society Lecture. Archaeologists continue to advance our understanding of human history during the first few centuries following migration to the western hemisphere. It appears that there were multiple migrations from different areas of Asia and perhaps Europe; migration began earlier than previously supposed; and the new inhabitants survived substantial changes in climate and perhaps the impact of a comet. Questions also remain about the extinction of Ice Age Megafauna. Dr. Michael Wiant, Director at Dickson Mounds Museum, The Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds. Between Lewistown and Havana off Illinois Routes 78 and 97. http://www.experienceDicksonMounds.com
- “Origins of Civilization in the Americas“: January 4, 6:45 PM. Pre-Columbian Society of Washington DC January Lecture. This lecture provides an unusual opportunity to review the full sweep of pre-Columbian societies across the North and South American continents and across time. Using his beautiful images, our speaker will survey ancient American cultures, touching on the First Americans; the Olmec, the Maya, and other Mesoamerican cultures, as well as Andean societies, such as, the Moche, the Huari, Tiawananku, and Inca. This talk will also feature the challenges and thrills of being a working photographer in exotic out-of-the-way places and what it takes to capture the sense of New World sites at a time before European contact. Ken Garrett began his photographic career in the early 1970’s and shot his first article for National Geographic Magazine about tall ships in 1972. Specializing in archaeology, paleontology, and ancient cultures worldwide, some of Garret’s other National Geographic work includes “La Ruta Maya,” “The Iceman,” “Death on the Nile”, and a series on the dawn of humans. Book credits include El Templo Mayor: the Great Temple of the Aztecs in Mexico, Tutankamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, and Lucy’s Child. Garrett’s photographic work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution, The University of Pennsylvania Museum and in Egypt, Cuba, and Japan. He was awarded a BA in anthropology from the University of VA. Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, 1201 17th Street NW, WAshington DC. http://www.pcswdc.org/monthly_lecture.php
Courtesy Mike Ruggeri.