VERMILLION, S.D. – Larry Zimmerman, Ph.D., a former faculty member who helped build the anthropology program and the archaeology lab during his 22 years at the University of South Dakota, will discuss the role of South Dakota in national and international developments in archaeology in a public lecture on Tuesday, March 26 at 4 p.m. in Farber Hall on the USD campus.
Zimmerman, who taught at USD from 1974 to 1996, will discuss the many impacts of the 14th century Crow Creek Massacre, which was discovered in 1978 near present-day Chamberlain, South Dakota. He will relate his study of the massacre site to the movement to repatriate human remains and artifacts, the growth of Indigenous archaeology, his use of archaeology to understand contemporary homelessness and even his recent work with the FBI on the largest case of artifact looting and trafficking in U.S. history.
The lecture will be heavily illustrated and will include some images of human remains and discussion of a few topics that may cause distress to some people.
The USD Department of Anthropology and Sociology in the College of Arts & Sciences is sponsoring the talk. For more information, contact Tony Krus, Ph.D., assistant professor of anthropology, at 605-677-5402.