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Anthropologist to Discuss First Americans, Frison to Sign Books

September 17, 2014
Cover of Rancher Archaeologist
UW’s renowned archaeologist, Professor Emeritus George Frison, will sign his book “Rancher Archeologist,” Thursday, Sept. 25, from 5-6 p.m. in the Anthropology Building lobby.

New insights into the origins of the first Americans will be the focus of the annual George C. Frison lecture Thursday, Sept. 25, at 4 p.m., in the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture auditorium.

Following the talk, Frison, UW professor emeritus of anthropology, will sign copies of his new memoir, “Rancher Archeologist,” from 5-6 p.m. in the UW Anthropology Building lobby.

Jon McVey Erlandson, professor of anthropology and executive director of the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon, will discuss “From Coast to Coast: New Insights into the First Peopling of the Americas.”

Erlandson will summarize recent evidence for a deep history of coastal settlement, seafaring and maritime dispersal around the world, including the Americas. Reviewing more than 30 years of research, he will discuss his current views about when, how and from where the first Americans came.

In this memoir, Frison shares his atypical journey from rancher to professor and archaeologist. Herding cattle, chopping watering holes in sub-zero weather and guiding hunters were quite different than teaching classes, performing laboratory work and attending professional conferences. But his practical experience around animals proved valuable to his research into the study of the hunting practices of the Paleoindians of the Northern Plains.

Frison’s careful research and strong involvement in the scholarly and organizational aspects of archaeology made him influential, not only on the prehistory of the Northern Plains, but also as a leader in North American archaeology. 

Frison is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a past president of the Society for American Archaeology and the author of numerous archaeology books, including “Survival by Hunting.” His memoirs will appeal to both professional and lay readers with interests in archaeology, anthropology, paleontology, plains history, animal science, hunting or game management.

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