Manhattan Science Café – Apr. 17th

“Humans at the End of the Ice Age: Coping with Climate Change, Circa 10,000 BC.”

Speaker: Dr. Ted Goebel, a national Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer

Date: Tuesday, April 17

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: RADINA’S in Aggieville

Dr. Ted Goebel is an archaeologist from the Anthropology Department at Texas A&M who studies the Ice Age dispersal of modern humans to the Americas. Dr. Goebel has completed field work in Siberia, Alaska, and the intermountain west of the United States, and he has investigated archaeological sites spanning from more than 50,000 years ago to 10,000 years ago. He earned his B.A. degree from Washington and Lee University in 1986, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in 1993. Goebel’s dissertation focused on the emergence of modern humans and the Middle-to-Upper-Paleolithic transition in Siberia. Since then, his research has investigated the peopling of Beringia. He has excavated important archaeological sites containing some of the earliest evidence of humans in Beringia, and most recently directed field research at Serpentine Hot Springs, the earliest Ice Age archaeological site yet found on the Bering Land Bridge itself. In the Great Basin of the western U.S., Goebel’s research has focused on the transition from the Pleistocene to the Holocene, a period of significant climate change and human adaptation. Since 2000, he has directed excavations at the multi-layered Bonneville Estates Rockshelter (a dry cave in eastern Nevada), which contains a series of well-preserved cultural layers spanning from about 13,000 years ago to historic times.

You are also encouraged to come an hear Dr. Geobel after the annual Sigma Xi banquet at 8:00 PM on MONDAY, APRIL 16 in the COTTONWOOD ROOM of the KSU UNION. The title for that talk is “The Search for the Origins of the First Americans: A New Prehistory of the Bering Land Bridge.” This talk is open to the public.