The San Juan Basin Archaeological Society, in conjunction with the Fort Lewis College Anthropology Department and Lifelong Learning Program, is honored to present a lecture by Dr. Douglas W. Owsley. Dr. Owsley is the Division Head for Physical Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, and is considered one of the foremost forensic anthropologists at work today. His John W. Sanders Lecture, in support of the SJBAS Internship Fund to benefit the Center of Southwest Studies, “Forensic Investigation of the 17th Century Chesapeake: Colonial Jamestown and Historic St. Mary’s City,” will be held at the FLC Ballroom on September 15 at 7:00pm, preceded by a reception with light refreshments at 6:30pm.
Owsley is fascinated with the wealth of information that can be recovered by studying the human skeleton – not just the cause of death, but also details about the life of a person. In addition to forensic case work, he conducts extensive research on historic and prehistoric populations from North America. These include the remains of 17th-century colonists, Civil War soldiers, and ancient Americans – such as the nearly 9,000-year-old Kennewick Man. Highlights of his work at Jamestown and Historic St. Mary’s City were featured in an exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History entitled Written in Bone: Forensic Files of the 17th-Century Chesapeake (2009-2014). Owsley has identified remains from news-making crime scenes, mass disasters, and war zones. He received his B.S. degree in Zoology from the University of Wyoming and his Ph.D. in Physical Anthropology from the University of Tennessee.
If still available, tickets may be purchased at the door starting at 5:30 pm on 9/15/2017 at a cost of $12.00. At least $5.00 from each ticket sale will go to the SJBAS internship fund to benefit the Center of Southwest Studies. Dr. Owsley’s Lecture, travel and accommodations are supported by the Ballantine Family Fund, a Colorado Archaeological Society Education Grant, a City of Durango Arts and Culture Grant, and the Rochester Hotel.