Published April 26, 2015

A special resource

Martinez to speak about MC’s Archaeology Research Laboratory
Víctor Martínez, adjunct professor of archaeology at Monmouth College, will present the next in a series of archaeology lectures on April 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pattee Auditorium of the college’s Center for Science and Business.
 
Titled “The Past, Present and Future of the Monmouth College Archaeology Research Laboratory,” the lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Western Illinois Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and the MC classics department.
 
In 2010, Monmouth College received an anonymous donation of thousands of prehistoric Native American artifacts, including spear points, pottery shards, axe heads and arrow heads. The collection represents human activity in western Illinois for the last 12,000 years.
 
The Monmouth College Archaeology Research Laboratory now houses this collection, which is one of the largest locally available for study. Martinez’s talk will set the collection within the chronological sweep of western Illinois prehistory, providing an overview – complete with videos – of current student lab work and previewing future avenues of student collection management including website development, database management and community outreach programs.
 
Martínez holds a Ph.D. and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois. He received a master’s degree in classical art and archaeology from the University of Missouri.
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