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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 1, 2002 – The Annual Thomas Beckwith Archaeology Lecture will be held March 3 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The lecture will begin at 2 p.m. in the University Center Indian Room. Admission is free and open to the public.

Dr. Patty Jo Watson will be the featured speaker for the 2002 Thomas Beckwith Archaeological Lecture. Watson is an Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished Professor in the Department of Archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. She earned her doctoral degree in anthropology from the University of Chicago in 1959. Watson has spent time in Iraq, Iran and Turkey. In 1963, she began cave archaeology in west central Kentucky.

Watson's color slide lecture entitled “Cave Archaeology in North America,” will discuss recent research on three caves and their evidence of early human activity. The first is a high-altitude cave in Colorado where the remains of a man who died approximately 8,000 years ago were found. The second cave, located in Tennessee, contains footprints of nine people who explored several miles of the cavern 45 years ago. The third is the Mammoth Cave System in Kentucky where, 25 years ago, several generations of local agriculturalists extensively explored and intensively mined portions of the world's longest cave. Watson will discuss how archaeological remains found in these and other North American caves preserve valuable and fascinating testimony to the courage, skill and resourcefulness of prehistoric Indian people, and to their cultural accomplishments.

The Annual Thomas Beckwith Archaeology Lecture is jointly sponsored by the Southeast Missouri State University Museum and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

For more information, contact Dr. Carol Morrow, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, at (573) 651-5934.


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