Third Sunday Archeology Program

Event Details

Date: March 19, 2011

Times: 2:00 p.m.

Location: Gilbert Science Center, Room 100

Ticket Info: Free and open to the public

On Sunday, March 20, Augustana's Third Sunday Archeology Presentation will feature Jack Brink, Curator of Archaeology at the Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton, Canada. Brink's discussion on “Thundering Herds: The Great Buffalo Hunts of the Northern Plains” will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, at the Gilbert Science Center Auditorium, in Room 100.

The Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump archeological site, located near Ft. Macleod, Alberta, is designated a World Heritage Site. The site represents a communal bison kill that brought groups of people together to work cooperatively on the hunt. It is one of the most heavily and repeatedly used of all documented kill sites. The oldest level of bison bones and stone tools at the site dates back 5800 years, and deposits at the site may reflect the remains of as many as 100,000 bison. Archeologist Jack Brink has worked for many years at this site and will discuss bison hunting strategies documented at archeological sites throughout the Northern Plains.

This program is made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities; Augustana College's Mellon Fund Committee; Augustana's Archeology Lab; and the Sioux Falls Chapter of the SD Archaeological Society.

The talk is free and open to the public and will be followed by a question/answer session. Refreshments will be served.

L. Adrien Hannus
Director, Archeology Lab