Adovasio to Speak on New World Archaeology

Meadowcroft Rockshelter expert to lecture: Early Human Populations in the New World: A Biased Perspective

When: September 23, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Mountain View Room, Sherrill Center
Lecture is free and open to the public.

The annual Curtis Holliday memorial lecture will be presented by Professor James Adovasio on Wednesday, September 23, at 7:30 p.m. Professor Adovasio, Provost and Dean of the Zurn School of Natural Sciences at Mercyhurst College, is a prolific scholar with nearly 400 books, monographs, and articles to his name. He is most known for his groundbreaking work at the Meadowcroft Rockshelter in Pennsylvania where his research presented a strong but controversial case for recognizing Meadowcroft as the oldest and longest occupational sequence in eastern North America and one of the oldest in the Western Hemisphere. One of his many monographs, The First Americans: In Pursuit of Archaeology’s Greatest Mystery (New York, 2002), provides a reassessment of the peopling of North America based on his research at Meadowcroft and elsewhere.

In his lecture, Adovasio will examine current debates focused on the occupation of the New World and evaluate the evidence supporting competing interpretations. He will present his lecture, Early Human Populations in the New World: A Biased Perspective, on Wednesday, September 23 at 7:30 pm in the Mountain View Room at the Sherrill Center.

Read more about Dr. Adovasio at Archaeological Institute of America webpage.

Sponsored by the American Archaeological Society, Depatment of Classics, and Department of Art and Art History. For additional information, contact Dr. Laurel Taylor, Lecturer in Art History and Classics,, 828-252-6290.