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UW to Host International Archaeology Symposium July 26-31

June 3, 2016
man and woman sitting and cleaning items from archaeological dig
Marcel Kornfeld, a UW professor of anthropology, and Rachael Shimek, a UW doctoral student in anthropology, dig for artifacts at Hell Gap during summer 2014. UW will host the 21st Suyanggae International Symposium, an international archaeology conference, July 26-31. (UW Photo)

The University of Wyoming will host the 21st Suyanggae International Symposium, an international archaeology conference, on campus July 26-31.

The event, called “Suyanggae and Hell Gap: Pleistocene-Holocene Archaeology From the Cape of Good Hope to Tierra del Fuego,” will include an opening ceremony, keynote speakers, scientific paper presentations, two field trips and a closing ceremony. The Wednesday, July 27, and Friday, July 29, presentations are open to the public for a $100 registration fee.

The symposium’s theme is “From the Cape of Good Hope to Tierra del Fuego: A Human Journey.” The theme highlights the human journey from Africa to all continents and corners of the globe, including the Americas.

The keynote speakers will be Nikolai I. Drozdov from Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia; Michael Jochim from the University of California-Santa Barbara; Fujiko Ikawa-Smith from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada; George C. Frison, UW professor emeritus of anthropology; Kidong Bae from Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea; and Lucyna Domanska from the University of Lodz in Lodz, Poland.

“I expect 30-50 people, and more than half international,” says Marcel Kornfeld, a UW professor in the Department of Anthropology.

Attendees are expected from Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Israel, Japan, Korea, Poland and Russia, Kornfeld says.

Oral and poster presentations are welcome. Oral presentations will be 20 minutes each.

Field trips, for presenters only, are planned to study the glacial features of Medicine Bow Mountains; the ecology and paleoecology of the Laramie Basin, and archaeology of the southern Laramie Basin; and a trip to the Hell Gap stratified Paleoindian site in eastern Wyoming. Jacqueline Shinker, a UW associate professor in the Department of Geography, will lead the Laramie Basin and Medicine Bow trip.

After the symposium, Suyanggae members have the option to take a three-day excursion to archaeological, paleontological and cultural sites in the Black Hills area of northwestern Nebraska, southwestern South Dakota and northeast Wyoming.

The symposium’s sponsors are UW’s College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology and Paleoindian Research Laboratory; the Institute of Korean Prehistory in Cheongju, Korea; Deer Creek Heights Ranch; Terry and Jim Wilson of the Vee Bar Ranch; and Mike Toft.

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