Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sunday 12/6: Prehistoric Man in Southeastern Oregon

photo, Dr. Dennis JenkinsHillsboro Main Library is presenting Dr. Dennis Jenkins, senior staff Archaeologist of the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon, at 2:00 PM on Sunday, 12/6.

Dr Jenkins will explore the processes and results of archaeological and paleogenetic investigations at the Paisley Caves, near the Summer Lake Basin in south-central Oregon. He will provide the most up-to-date evidence for the association of humans and Pleistocene animals in Oregon's high desert country more than 14,000 years ago.

Radiocarbon dating of camel and horse bones, bone and wood tools, and dried human feces containing Native American DNA to the same age of roughly 14,300 years ago indicates that people lived in the caves and may have hunted camels, llamas, horses, and bison in central Oregon at the end of the ice age.

This colorful slide show takes the audience through the scientific processes employed in proving that this was the case.

Hillsboro Main Library is located at 2850 NE Brookwood Parkway, just south of Dawson Creek Dr.