by: Kristal Griffith
Distinguished Historical Archaeologist visits DU Nov. 5-7 to share his work
DENVER- The University of Denver Department of Anthropology will host
professor Adrian Praetzellis from Sonoma State University Nov. 5-7 as
the first annual Western Cultural Resource Management (WCRM)
Distinguished Historical Archaeologist Visiting Lecturer. Designed to
enhance the training of future archaeologists, this new visiting
lecturer series brings distinguished teachers and scholars to the DU
campus to share their work with the community.
Praetzellis brings his experience as the leader of the largest urban
archaeology project in the American West, an excavation following the
Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989. His talk, "Archaeology meets the
Black Panthers: Digging up the roots of the Black Power movement (and
other stuff as well) in Oakland, California" will be held at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 5, in Sturm Hall Room 451.
Working just in advance of freeway construction, archaeologists
investigated 22 city blocks and discovered hundreds of collections of
artifacts dumped in disused privy pits and wells from the 1860s to
the early 20 th century. Discarded as trash, more than 400,000
objects tell the story of the people of many nationalities and
ethnicities who lived and worked in West Oakland. The neighborhood's
stable and sophisticated African American community flourished then
declined, and from it was born the Black Panther Party for Self Defense.
The talk is free and open to the public and will be followed by a
reception in Sturm Hall Room 286.
Lecture titled, "Archaeology meets the Black Panthers"
University of Denver
Sturm Hall Room 451
2000 E. Asbury Ave.
Reception following lecture in Sturm Hall Room 286
6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5
Adrian Praetzellis, Professor of Anthropology
Sonoma State University
Parking is available at metered lots around campus.
The lecture is free and open to the public.