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The First Floridians:
Early Humans on the Submerged Gulf Coast of Florida
Dr. James M. Adovasio
Weaving as Worship
Reconstructing Ritual at the Etruscan Site of Poggio Colla (Vicchio)
Dr. Gretchen E. Meyers
The Da Vinci Code, Templars, and Archaeology
Dr. Michael Fuller
Out of the Dark:
Lefkandi in Euboea 1200 BC
Dr. Irene Lemos
“To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield”: Preservation of the Early Explorer’s Bases in the Ross Sea Region of Antarctica
Welcome to the South Florida Chapter of the
Archaeological Institute of America
The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) is North America's oldest and largest organization devoted to the world of archaeology. The Institute is a nonprofit group founded in 1879 and chartered by the United States Congress in 1906. Today, the AIA has nearly 210,000 Members and more than 100 Local Societies in the United States, Canada, and overseas. AIA South Florida is one of four chapters in the state of Florida. Our members include professional archaeologists, corresponding members, students, and enthusiasts, all united by a shared passion for archaeology and its role in furthering human knowledge.
The Great Buffalo Jumps
Jack W. Brink
Curator of Archaeology, Royal Alberta Museum
Thursday, 7 PM, March 22, 2018
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton Campus, Room GN 101
Buffalo Jumps were the most proficient and lucrative food-getting events ever devised by human beings. In a matter of moments, more food, bone and hide was obtained than by any other means in human history. This lecture explores the planning and execution of the great buffalo jumps by Plains Indians. The relevant behavior and biology of bison are discussed, along with people’s manipulation of these attributes to conduct successful kills. Massive kill sites of the Plains are illustrated and discussed, with a focus on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Head-Smashed-In, Alberta, Canada. Buffalo Jumps embody the skill, danger, failures and successes of attempting to harvest great numbers of the largest land mammal in North America. The story of the great jumps is as inspiring as is the landscape in which the events unfolded.
John W. (Jack) Brink is the Curator of Archaeology with the Royal Alberta Museum. He has been active in Archaeology, heritage management and Native history for more than 40 years. He has conducted archaeological research in western Canada, the United States, the Canadian Arctic and China, and have published extensively on his work. His special areas of interest are the archaeology of the Northern Plains, especially bison hunting and Aboriginal rock art. He was a member of the team that planned and developed Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage site. He has also worked extensively at the rock art site of Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park, assisting with the development of a new Visitor Centre as well as conducting long-term research on methods of conserving rock art. He has worked extensively with Aboriginal groups, especially the Blackfoot Nation. As the Curator of Archaeology, he is responsible for the management of the archaeological collections for the Province, for conducting relevant research, for initiating displays about Alberta archaeology, and for communicating with the public. Previously, as Head of the Archaeological Survey he managed an archaeological office that coordinated cultural resource for the province. He has a strong background in communicating to the general public on heritage matters, have delivered countless public talks, and have worked extensively with all media, including helping to develop, research, write and produce audio and video programs dealing with archaeology.
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