The Center for Big Bend Studies (CBBS) at Sul Ross State University in Alpine will hold its 29th annual conference Nov. 10-11 in Alpine. Online registration is now available.
This year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Matthew R. Bennett, led an international team of scientists in the discovery of the oldest evidence of humans in North America. Bennett is a geologist, world-renowned footprint expert, and Head of the Institute for Landscape and Human Evolution at Bournemouth University in England.
His recent discovery of ancient human footprints in White Sands National Park revealed new evidence of human presence in the Americas and has received world-wide press coverage from National Geographic, PBS, Science Magazine, NPR and The Atlantic.
“We’re thrilled that Dr. Bennett will be here in West Texas to share his groundbreaking findings with us,” said CBBS Director Dr. Bryon Schroeder. “Bennett is a world-class researcher whose work is of importance to anyone interested in when and how the first peoples entered North America.”
Dr. Bennett’s presentation will explore the footprints at White Sands and reveal what they can say about life during the Ice Age. He will discuss the implications of his findings for the peopling of the Americas and how American archaeology is on the cusp of a paradigm shift in which the discovered footprints traces will transform our knowledge of the first Americans over the coming decade.
Along with Bennett’s keynote, there will be more than 30 informative presentations on the history, archaeology, and culture of the Big Bend and northern Mexico.
The cost to attend the conference is $55 for the general public if registering before Oct. 18, and $60 thereafter. Registration can also be done on-site. The Friday night banquet and keynote presentation will take place at the historic Granada Theater in downtown Alpine. The cost for the banquet is $45 if participants register before Oct. 18, and $50 thereafter, through the Oct. 25 registration deadline. There is limited seating, so early registration is suggested. Register online here.
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