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Former USD Anthropologist to Speak on South Dakota's Impact on Archaeology

Larry Zimmerman, Ph.D. Larry Zimmerman, Ph.D., will speak at a public lecture discussing archaeology in South Dakota March 26 at 4 p.m.

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.


USD's College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college's more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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