Dillehay to Speak at Waring Lecture

Monday, April 27, 2009

The 2009 Waring Distinguished Lecture Series will present a Vanderbilt University archeologist as guest speaker on Thursday, April 30, on the University of West Georgia campus.

Dr. Tom Dillehay will make an exciting presentation on “The First Americans: Origins and Dispersions,” in the Anthropology Building at 7 p.m. The event is free and the community is invited to attend.

Until the 1970s, the accepted theory of the Clovis People, the first humans to inhabit the Americas, was of a big game-hunting culture that traveled over the Bering Strait approximately 13,000 years ago.

Dillehay is credited with discovering solid evidence that brings speculation to this long-established theory and will speak on this controversial and politically driven topic.

The evidence discovered at a site in a bog in Monte Verde, Chile, dates back to more than 20,000 years ago and has inspired his work for more than two decades on investigating the peopling of the Americas.

A distinguished professor in the Department of Anthropology at Vanderbilt and professor extraordinaire and honorary doctorate at the Universidad Austral de Chile, Dillehay has carried out numerous archaeological and anthropological projects in the United States, Peru, Chile, Argentina and other South American countries.

He has been a visiting professor at universities around the world, including universities in Chile, Lima, Sao Paulo, Mexico, Tokyo, Cambridge and Chicago.

Dillehay, a prolific author, researcher and publisher, currently teaches anthropology at Vanderbilt, directs a Guggenheim Foundation and National Science Foundation project in Chile and Argentina, and has also begun an excavation project in Peru.

The Antonio J. Waring Jr. Endowment in Anthropology, which was established in memory of Dr. Antonio J. Waring Jr. by his widow Henrietta Waring, supports the Waring Distinguished Lecture Series.

For more information, contact the Department of Anthropology at 678-839-6455.