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HAS MONTHLY MEETING 19th September, 2019 - RESCHEDULED TO 9/26

"The Early Archeology and Paleoanthropology of China” - Wilson “Dub” Crook

Dub Crook
The September meeting of the Houston Archeological Society will be held on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center located at 1414 Wirt Road in West Houston. Long-time HAS member, Wilson W. "Dub" Crook, will give a presentation on “The Early Archeology and Paleoanthropology of China”.

Beginning in the 1920s and 1930s, China has been the location of a number of major discoveries of some of the oldest hominid sites outside of Africa. This includes the discovery of the famous “Peking Man” and “Lantian Man” fossils. More recently, joint teams from China and the United States have been exploring new sites west of Beijing in the Nihewan Basin which date from 1.0-1.6 million years old. A new site near Lantian in central China has been tentatively dated at 2.1 million years old. If the date is confirmed, it will mark the oldest site anywhere in the world outside of Africa and completely alter the long-held “Out of Africa” theory of the spread of humans across the world.

Recently, Dub was invited to spend a month in China as part of a group of visiting researchers from the Leakey Foundation. During this trip, the group was allowed unprecedented access to not only all of the early man sites in China, but to the collections of fossils and lithic tools curated at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) in Beijing. In his presentation, Dub will show the highlights of the group’s visit to Zhoukoudian Cave (home of Peking Man), the Nihewan Basin, and Lantian, as well as give the incredible story of what happened to the original Peking Man fossils.

Recently, Dub was invited to spend a month in China as part of a group of visiting researchers from the Leakey Foundation. During this trip, the group was allowed unprecedented access to not only all of the early man sites in China, but to the collections of fossils and lithic tools curated at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) in Beijing. In his presentation, Dub will show the highlights of the group’s visit to Zhoukoudian Cave (home of Peking Man), the Nihewan Basin, and Lantian, as well as give the incredible story of what happened to the original Peking Man fossils.

Dub Crook
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Mr. Crook is a Life Member (Fellow) of the Houston Archeological Society, a Life Member of the Dallas Archeological Society, a member of the Texas Archeological Society, a member of the Center for the Study of the First Americans, a Life Member of the Gault School of Archeological Research, a Research Fellow with the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory in Austin, and a Fellow of the Leakey Foundation. He is also an Archeological Steward for the State of Texas. He is the author of 140 papers in the field of archeology and has recently published his third book titled The Archeology and History of Paul’s Missionary Cities which is available on Amazon.

The September meeting is also the annual meeting of the society and elections of new officers and Board members will be held. Our monthly “Show and Tell” display will begin at 6:30 and our snacks this month will include a “Happy 60th Birthday HAS” cake since the first meeting of the society was held in 1959. Please join us!

Parking at the Trini Mendenhall Center is free of charge.  For more information about this program or about the HAS, please contact Linda Gorski, at llindagorski@cs.com.


HAS JOURNAL 140 NOW AVAILABLE

HAS Journal No. 140 is now available. Complimentary copies may be obtained by HAS members at the monthly meetings. Non-HAS members may purchase copies through Amazon.com. Go to the HAS Journals Section for a link to the publication on the Amazon.com website. Alternatively, copies may be purchased at the HAS Monthly Meetings.


HAS REPORT #32 (Historic Munitions in Texas: A Reference Guide) NOW AVAILABLE

Report #32 – Historic Munitions in Texas: A Reference Guide. This Report consists of several articles on munitions that have been written by Tom Nuckols for the Houston Archeological Society newsletter over approximately the past four years. The articles reflect the analysis and interpretation of artifacts found during excavations and survey projects while Tom Nuckols was working as a member of HAS, THC and as a contractor working for a Cultural Resource Management company. This publication is available free to members of the Society. Members should make sure that they collect their copy of this report at the next monthly meeting. If you wish to purchase additional copies then you can find them on amazon.com. You can find the appropriate links in our List section.

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