Distinguished Archaeologist Lecture March 4

Posted on February 24th, 2011 by

Terry Hunt

Professor Terry L. Hunt, Ph.D., will visit Gustavus Adolphus College on March 3-4, 2011 as a Sigma Xi guest lecturer. Hunt, who has conducted archaeological field research in the Pacific Islands for more than 30 years and currently directs an annual archaeological field school on Rapa Nui (Easter Island), will present two lectures during his time on campus.

Both lectures, which are free and open to the public, will be held in Wallenberg Auditorium, located in the Alfred Nobel Hall of Science. The details are as follows.

  • On March 3 at 7:30 p.m., Hunt will deliver a lecture on “Revisiting Rapa Nui (Easter Island) Ecoside.” The talk, which is aimed at the general public, discusses many aspects of this small and remote island’s prehistory and the trajectory of cultural and ecological changes.
  • On March 4 at 3:30 p.m., Hunt will present a more technical talk appropriate for science students and faculty, titled “New Research Reveals Late and Rapid Human Colonization in Polynesia.”

Hunt is currently a professor of anthropology at the University of Hawaii-Mānoa. He received a B.A. from the University of Hawai’i (1976), an M.A. from the University of Auckland (First Class Honors, 1980), and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington (1989). He has conducted archaeological fieldwork and related research in Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, Rapa Nui (Easter Island), New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea.

Hunt’s lecture is sponsored by the Gustavus chapter of Sigma Xi, a national research and scientific honor society.

For more information, contact Chemistry Professor Amanda Nienow at anienow@gustavus.edu or 507-933-7327.


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