Dr. James Adovasio

James. M. Adovasio, Ph.D., D.Sc. achieved world acclaim as an archaeologist in the 1970s with his excavation of Pennsylvania’s Meadowcroft Rockshelter. Meadowcroft is widely recognized as one of the earliest well-dated archaeological sites in North America, with evidence of human habitation dating to ca. 16,000 years ago. More importantly, Meadowcroft is considered one of the most meticulous excavations ever conducted, anywhere.

During his career, Dr. Adovasio has specialized in the analysis of perishable materials (basketry, textiles, cordage, etc.) and the application of high-tech methods in archaeological research. His research has also confronted another of archaeology’s mysteries by delving underwater to seek submerged evidence of early Americans off the coast of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. Recently, he was the principal investigator of the re-excavation at the Old Vero Man Site in Florida. This Late Ice Age locality has figured prominently in the history of American Anthropology and promises to yield new insights into the behavior of the First Floridians. He is the author of more than 500 books, book chapters, monographs, articles, and papers which include “The First Americans: In Pursuit of Archaeology’s Greatest Mystery,” and “Basketry Technology,” and most recently “Strangers in a New Land.”

Dr. Adovasio is currently Director of Archaeology at Senator John Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Doors open at 6:30pm, talk begins at 7:00pm.

Advance registration is required.

Please direct all questions to Nadine Ostrowski at nfostrowski@lauriannwestcc.org or 412-828-8566.