Free lectures explore ancient peoples
The Lamar University chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, will host Paul Minnis, professor of anthropology, University of Oklahoma, in two free public lectures on Wednesday, March 19.
Minnis will discuss Indigenous Humans and History in Ecology at 3:30 p.m. in Geology Lecture Hall, Room 101. At 7:30 p.m., Minnis will present Mysteries of Lessons: Archaeology of the Ancient Southwest in Geology Lecture Hall, Room 101. Both lectures are free and open to the public.
Minnis' research focuses on archaeology and prehistoric ethnobotany, especially of the U.S. Southwest and northwestern Mexico. Although he has conducted research throughout the "Southwest," for the past two decades he has codirected an archaeological project to understand the organization and political ecology of Casas Grandes, one of the most important ancient communities of northwestern Mexico and the U.S. Southwest.
He has also written on the practical uses of archaeology. Minnis' ethno botanical research centers on the analysis of plant remains from archaeological sites in order to better understand how ancient people used their environment and the effects they had on the structure and dynamic history of natural environments.
Minnis has served as president of the Society of Ethnobiology, treasurer and press editor for the Society for American Archaeology, and co-founder of the Southwest Symposium. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Colorado with graduate degrees from the University of Michigan, he has received the E.K. Janaki Ammal Medal from the Society of Ethnobonatists (India) and three Presidential Recognition Awards from the Society for American Archaeology.
For information on the lecture, call the Department of Earth & Space Sciences at (409) 880-8236.