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Archaeologist Wright to Deliver William Mulloy Lecture at UW

April 11, 2008

Henry T. Wright, one of the world's foremost experts on the origins of civilization, will deliver the 11th annual William Mulloy Lecture Thursday, April 17, at the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture auditorium.

Wright's presentation, titled "Studying the Dawn of Civilization in Mesopotamia," begins at 3:10 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception follows at UW's new anthropology building at Lewis and 12th streets.

Wright will lecture again Friday, April 18, at 4:10 p.m. in Room 150 of the anthropology building. His second presentation is titled "A World of its Own: Studying the Past in Madagascar."

A professor of anthropology and curator of Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Michigan's Museum of Anthropology, Wright is regarded as one of the world's most traveled archaeologists. His research has taken him to, among other places, Egypt, Iran, Peru and Turkey, where he has gathered data to understand the evolution of political systems.

Also, Wright spent considerable time in Iraq, which is home to some of the world's earliest civilizations.

Wright began his archaeological research at age 13, helping to excavate sites in the Chesapeake Bay area of the United States. He published his first article at age 14.

The Mulloy Lecture, sponsored by UW's Department of Anthropology, honors the late William Mulloy, the university's first anthropologist. He fostered the "four-field" approach, which integrated archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology and linguistic anthropology into a unified program at UW.

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