Anthropology Emerging Lecture Series Welcomes Jeff Ferguson on April 23

Friday, April 19, 2013

The Anthropology Department will host its final Emerging Scholars lecture series event of the academic year at 6 p.m., April 23 in the Wrightsville Beach Room of the Fisher Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Jeff Ferguson of the Archaeometry Lab of the Missouri University Research Reactor (MURR) will be the featured speaker. The MURR Archaeometry Lab utilizes nuclear technologies to find the sources for a wide variety of inorganic artifacts.

The talk will focus on Ferguson's research tracing trade patterns in both ceramics and obsidian on the Southwestern Pithouse and Pueblo cultures in New Mexico.

Anthropology Department Chair Nora Reber encourages students to attend the presentation because of its uniqueness.

"How many presentations can you think of that will cover the Pueblo Indians, nuclear reactors, and gender roles?" said Reber. "Dr. Ferguson is an exciting young scholar on the cutting-edge of applying very technical archaeological analyses, like the research reactor, to anthropological questions, like trade and gender roles."