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Wyoming Archaeology Awareness Month Lecture Scheduled September 26

Contact: Judy Wolf, 307-766-5366 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The culminating event of this year’s Wyoming Archaeology Awareness Month celebration is the 21st Annual George C. Frison Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology sponsored lecture, September 26 at 4 p.m. at the Education Auditorium at the University of Wyoming. This presentation was previously scheduled in the Ag Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture in the Department of Anthropology foyer. The lecture, featuring Dr. John W. Verano, a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Tulane University, is titled “Human Sacrifice in Ancient Peru: Discoveries and New Questions.” Professor Verano is a biological anthropologist who specializes in human skeletal anatomy, paleopathology, bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology. His primary research area is Andean South America with a focus on prehistoric populations of coastal and highland Peru. Specific research interests include pathology and ancient skeletal and mummified remains, trepanation and other ancient surgery, warfare, human sacrifice and mortuary practices. Dr. Verano’s research found evidence of the biggest-ever sacrifice of children, uncovering the remains of more than 140 youngsters who were slain alongside 200 llamas as part of a ritual offering some 550 years ago, according to an article in “National Geographic.”