Anthropology Professor Brings Ice Age to UWG

Monday, February 25, 2013

Ted Goebel, professor of Anthropology at Texas A&M University, will lend his Ice-Age expertise to the Waring Distinguished Speaker series with a lecture titled “Ice Age Peopling of the Americas: Do Stones, Bones, and Genes Tell the Same Story?” The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, in Kathy Cashen Hall in the humanities building. Goebel will provide an in-depth look at Ice Age humans, where they came from and how their tools affected settlement and adaptation.

Goebel is the holder of the Endowed Professorship in First American Studies and associate director for the Center for the Study of the First Americans at Texas A&M University. He recently co-edited a book about the first Americans titled “From the Yenisei to the Yukon: Interpreting Lithic Assemblage Variability.”

“Dr. Ted Goebel is known for his expertise in how people colonized the Americas at the end of the Ice Age –when they entered North America, where they came from and how they adapted to a rapidly changing environment,” said Ashley Smallwood, director of the Antonio J. Waring Jr. Archaeological Laboratory for UWG.

For Goebel, studying the first Americans is a passion. “It’s a new world in peopling of the Americas research,” he said. “New developments in human genetics and new discoveries in archaeology are rapidly changing the way we think about the origins of Native Americans.”

“The Department of Anthropology is proud to bring world-renowned scholars such as Dr. Ted Goebel to UWG through the Waring Distinguished Speaker series,” said Smallwood. “It’s an opportunity to bring the community and campus together to explore important topics in anthropology.”

This event is free and open to the public. Community members may park in the lot next to the humanities building after 6 p.m.