Donnel Foster Hewett Lectures

2019 D. Foster Hewett Lecture Series

Thursday, 07 and Friday, 08 February, 2019

The Peopling of North America

Who were the first peoples of the Americas and what routes did they take to get here? For many decades it was thought that the big game hunters of the Clovis Culture, following their prey across the Bering land bridge ~13,000 years ago were the answers to those questions.  Recently, that paradigm has been challenged and interdisciplinary research at the intersection of Archeology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Biology is arguing for several pre-Clovis cultures and multiple, much more complex immigration patterns.  The 2019 D. Foster Hewett lecture series will present four leading scholars who will explore the stratigraphic, geochronologic, lithic technology, and genomic evidence for how North America came to be populated.  Join us for a series of five talks and panel discussions over two days as we engage the broader Lehigh community in discussion of this fascinating research.

Clovis lithic techonology from the Rummells-Maske Cache Site, Iowa, featuring the famous large fluted lanceolate points. Source:  Billwhittaker at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11125587

Clovis lithic techonology from the Rummells-Maske Cache Site, Iowa, featuring the famous large fluted lanceolate points. Source:  Billwhittaker at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11125587

Schedule

Thursday, 07 February.  Whitaker Lobby and Auditorium.

6:30  PM  

  • Reception

7:00-8:00 PM     

  • Public Lecture: “New Discoveries, Lasting Controversies in the Peopling of North America”, Dr. Ted Goebel, Texas A&M University

8:00-9:00 PM

  • Panel discussion

 

Friday, 08 February.  All day – 10:00AM-4:00PM, STEPS 101.

10:00 AM                    

  • Dr. Jennifer Raff, University of Kansas, “Genomic perspectives on the peopling of the Americas

 

11:00 AM

  • Dr. Ted Goebel, Texas A&M, “Beringia, the cradle for peopling the Americas

 

12:00 PM Lunch in ST 102

 

1:30 PM

  • Dr. Jessi Halligan, Florida State University, “How the underwater Page-Ladson site fits into peopling of the Americas scenarios”

2:30 PM

  • Dr. Bruce Huckell, University of New Mexico, “Clovis Lithic Technology and Organization--Echoes of North American Colonization"

3:30 PM

  • All speaker panel
     

 

Lithic technology recovered from Cactus Hill, VA, argued to represent pre-Clovis occupation of North America.  Source: http://www.pbs.org/time-team/explore-the-sites/bones-badger-hole/paleoin...

 

All events are open to the public

Contact Prof. Frank Pazzaglia (fjp3@lehigh.edu, 610-758-3667) for additional details or answers to questions.

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