Speaker to discuss human occupation of North America

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 11:02 AM

The Journal

The public is invited to the next meeting of the San Juan Basin Archaeological Society on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College.

Heather Smith, Ph.D., will talk about “The contribution of Southwest archaeology to our understanding of how North America was occupied by humans.” A social gathering will be held at 6:30 p.m.

Smith works at the Department of Anthropology and Applied Archaeology at Eastern New Mexico University. Her research interests include human adaptation and dispersals in the late Pleistocene and earliest Holocene, the adaptive role of lithic technology during the Pleistocene-Holocene transition, and quantitative methods of material culture analyses with an emphasis on geometric morphometrics, GIS, geoarchaeology, evolutionary archaeology and cultural transmission.

Her most recent collaborative publication is “Origins and spread of fluted-point technology in the Canadian Ice-Free Corridor and eastern Beringia.”

The presentation is part of the Four Corners Lecture Series. For more information, see