Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Location: Kit Carson Electric - 118 Cruz Alta Rd, Taos
Election of new TAS Officers
Title: The First Rocky Mountaineers
Speaker: Marcel Kornfeld, Professor of Archaeology, University of Wyoming
The first Americans arrived on the continent at or before 14,000 calendar years ago. Yet archeological evidence shows that immediately they occupied nearly all areas of North and South America, including the high Rocky Mountains. This presentation is about Paleoindians of the Southern Rocky Mountains, their lifeways and the role they may have played in the peopling of the continents.
Dr. Kornfeld was born in Zagreb, Croatia and spent his early years vacationing among Roman ruins of the Adriatic, stumbling among medieval castles or their ruins around Zagreb, and nearly fell into Veternica Cave soon after its discovery. He says, "Perhaps this predisposed me to the past."
Dr. Kornfeld now pursues his research interests through a number of archeology projects investigating Paleoindian occupations and human adaptations to Plains, Foothills, and Mountainous areas of the western United States. Specific sites and projects include: Plains and Mountains Paleoindian Study--focusing on Hell Gap and Agate Basin sites, as well as the high mountain "parks" of Colorado; and Closed Site Archeology--focusing on human use of rock shelters--when, why, and how do humans use closed sites. Recently, he has been planning joint projects and expeditions with colleagues from Russia and Argentina in the Russian Far East, Argentina, and Wyoming.
Join other TAS members and our speaker at Graham's Grille for dinner prior to the meeting at 5:00 PM.
Please RSVP to CJ Johnson by Monday, February 7 if you plan to join us for dinner.
Contact CJ at firstname.lastname@example.org or 776-3956