A free lecture series: May at the Museum Series is co-hosted by Friends of Crook County Library and the Crook County Historical Society/Bowman Museum.
Thursday May 15, 2014
Archaeology and Science at the Paisley Caves
By Dennis Jenkins, Ph.D., RPA, Oregon State Museum of Anthropology/Museum of Natural and Cultural History, University of Oregon
Luther Cressman’s 1938-40 excavations at the Paisley Caves in south Central Oregon discovered exciting evidence suggesting that people may have lived there as early as the Late Pleistocene, some 12,000 to 15,000 years ago. However, it was not until recent developments in Ancient DNA testing that he was proven correct. This colorful slide show takes the audience through the scientific processes employed in proving the case for pre-Clovis human occupations at the world famous Paisley Caves.
Cressman is a research archaeologist and the director of the university’s Northern Great Basin Field School.
246 N. Main Street
Prineville, OR 97754
Doors open 6, program at 6:30, 1 hour length
Contact person: Gordon Gillespie, 541-447-3715