March 18: Adrien Hannus to Discuss Creation Mythology, Shamanism at Third Sunday Archeology

Event Details

Date: March 17, 2012

Times: 2:00 p.m.

Location: Gilbert Science Center, Room #100, Augustana College

Ticket Info: Free and open to the public.

March's installment of Augustana's Third Sunday Archeology Program will feature Adrien Hannus, professor of Art/Anthropology and director of Augustana's Archeology Lab. Hannus will premiere his film, "The Emergence of Shamanism and the Creation Mythology in Pre-State Societies," followed by a discussion on the earliest evidence of the beginnings of belief systems at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, at the Gilbert Science Center Auditorium (GSC #100). Masks and the rituals leading to creation myths, including ancient forms of bronze casting, will be highlighted.


Hannus will be speaking in place of the event's planned presenter, Lynn Alex, director of Education and Outreach at the University of Iowa's Office of the State Archaeologist. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Alex is not able to attend this event. 

Hannus has nearly 40 years of archeological experience, specializing in prehistoric and historic cultural dynamics. His educational background includes a Ph.D. from the University of Utah, with an emphasis in archeology, and an M.A. in cultural anthropology from Wichita State University. In addition to accomplishing cultural and archeological fieldwork throughout the Great Plains and Rocky Mountain West, he has collaborated on projects in Egypt, Mexico, France, and Great Britain. His teaching and research interests include early human populations in the New World, historic Native American cultures of the Plains, and lithic analysis.

The illustrated lecture is free and open to the public with a question-and-answer session to follow.

This program is funded in part by Augustana College's Mellon Fund Committee, by Augustana's Archeology Laboratory, and by the Sioux Falls Chapter of the South Dakota Archaeological Society.

L. Adrien Hannus
Director, Archeology Lab
Augustana College