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Ice Age Man in Malibu? The Clovis Culture Discovery at Farpoint

by eric — last modified October 02, 2009 02:50 PM

Lecture by Dr. Gary Stickel (Director, Environmental Research Archaeologists)

What Public Lecture
When October 27, 2009
from 07:30 pm to 09:30 pm
Where Lenart Auditorium, Fowler Building
Contact Name Laura Lliguin
Contact Email
Contact Phone (310) 794-4837
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Dr. Gary Stickel will present his research team’s exciting new discovery of a Clovis site located on the Malibu coast.  The Clovis culture is the oldest identifiable culture in the New World.  The two major competing theories on the origin of the Clovis culture will be discussed, and it is quite possible  that the Farpoint Site will yield data to support the correct theory.  The site is important to our world-wide understanding of how the planet was originally inhabited by early peoples.  As Dr. Dennis Stanford, Director of the Smithsonian Institution Paleoindian/Paleoecology Program, put it: “...the discovery of a Clovis age occupation at the site is extremely important not only for the local archaeological record, but for understanding the earliest prehistory of the Americas.”  The ingenious hunting system with which Clovis hunters brought down the mammoths and other “mega-fauna” will also be presented and Dr. Stickel will discuss the importance of protecting this nationally significant site.

Dr. Stickel’s alma mater is UCLA where he received his B.A. (1967), M.A. (1970) and Ph.D. (1974) all in Anthropology specializing in Archaeology.   He has also taught at UCLA primarily in the Extension Department where he taught courses in Archaeological Method and Theory, Californian and European Archaeology and Old Stone Age Archaeology.  He has published books and book-length monographs and articles in books such as the first international book on the “New Archaeology”, Explanation of Culture Change, edited by Colin Renfrew and in  journals such as Current Anthropology and World Archaeology.

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