Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum (JPPM) Speaker Series brings together luminaries as diverse as the topics they teach for five evenings of profound insights, informative presentations and fascinating discussion on a broad scope of topics. The lectures are held at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab) at 7pm. The lectures are free and open to the public.
The speaker series kicks-off on April 14th with a lecture from Becca Piexotto entitled "Needed: Skilled-Caver Archaeologist." Peixotto, Ph.D candidate and adjunct instructor in the Department of Anthropology at American University, was one of a six women team that recently excavated 15 partial skeletons of a new species of human relative named "Homo naledi." The excavation was heralded across the world and is expected to change the way scientists think about human origins. Peixotto is also co-author of a paper on the findings, published in the journal eLife ( http://elifesciences.org/content/4/e09561v1
Other lectures scheduled include on May 5: "Tidal Wave: The Mallows Bay Story," Donald G. Shomette, Marine Archeologist; June 23: "Exploring the Legacy of African Muslims in 19th century D.C.," Mia L. Carey, University of Florida Department of Anthropology Ph.D. student and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow; September 22: "Whiskey in America: an Archaeology Lecture & Tasting Event," Luke J. Pecoraro, Director of Archaeology at George Washington's Mount Vernon; October 27: "Advances in Human Bone Research at Jamestown and St. Mary's City," Douglas Owsley, Division Head for Physical Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History.
Registration is required for the September 22nd talk and attendees must be a least 21 years of age.
The speaker series is made possible by a grant from the MARPAT foundation in memory of Thomas W. Richards. For lecture details or additional information visit www.jefpat.org
, call 410-586-8501 or email jef.pat(at)maryland.gov.
Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, a state museum of archaeology and home to the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, is a program of the Maryland Historical Trust, a division of the Maryland Department of Planning. It is located on 560 scenic acres along the Patuxent River and the St. Leonard Creek in St. Leonard, Calvert County, Maryland.