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REF NO.: 152

SUBJECT: Memorial University unearthing ancient stories at new seminar

DATE: Jan. 12,2006

The archaeologist who excavated the earliest known fishing site in the New Worldis coming to Memorial University for a special public lecture next week.

Acclaimed archaeologist Dr. Daniel Sandweiss of the University of Maine will deliver a seminar titled Explorations with Thor Heyerdahl: Peruvian Pyramids and a Cuban Connection on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 8 p.m. in the Inco Innovation Centre, room IIC-2001.

As an archaeologist, Dr. Sandweiss is interested in climate change and maritime adaptations in Latin America. Most of his research has been carried out on the desert coast of Peru but he has also worked in Central America and Cuba.

Dr. Sandweiss directed excavations for three years at Túcume, Peru’s largest pyramid centre, which was part of a project co-ordinated by Norwegian explorer and scientist Thor Heyerdahl.

The seminar is being hosted by the Avalon Chapter Sigma Xi and Memorial University.

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For more information, please contact Gail Kenny, Dean of Science Office, Memorial University, 737-8154 or gkenny@mun.ca.

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