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Nigel Brush to Present Final Lecture in the Archaeology Lecture Series

Professor of geology at Ashland University to speak April 24 at The College of Wooster

20 April, 2017 by Sarah Stanley

WOOSTER, Ohio —Nigel Brush, Professor of geology at Ashland University, will present “The Martins Creek and Cedar Fork Mastodons: Two Paleoindian Butchery Sites in North Central Ohio”, on Monday, April 24 at The College of Wooster. Brush’s illustrated presentation, the final one in the Archaeology Lecture Series, is free and open to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.). A reception will take place immediately following the lecture.

Over the past few decades, it has become increasingly evident that Paleoindian hunters regularly killed and butchered large Ice Age megafauna such as mammoths and mastodons. A host of new analytical techniques have made it possible to identify such activities, even at highly disturbed sites. The Martins Creek Site in Holmes County was badly disturbed by modern farming activities, while the Cedar Fork Site in Morrow County was heavily disrupted by weathering and ancient debris flows. Nevertheless, evidence recovered from these two sites indicates that both mastodons were butchered by Paleoindians. Although some half-dozen theories have been advanced to explain the rather abrupt disappearance of Ice Age megafauna approximately 10,000 years ago, the growing body of archaeological and paleontological evidence strongly supports the human overkill hypothesis.

Brush received a B.A. from Cincinnati Bible College and The Ohio State University, a M.A. from the University of Southampton in England, and Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). His areas of research include geoarchaeology, dendrochronology and millennial-scale climate change events. He is a co-director of the Ashland/Wooster/Columbus Archaeological & Geological Consortium and former curator and co-founder of the Killbuck Valley Natural History Museum.

Brush’s lecture is sponsored by Wooster’s Program in Archaeology, the Archaeology Student Colloquium, the Cultural Events Committee, the Local Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, and the local chapter of Lambda Alpha National Honorary Society in Anthropology. For more information contact Nick Kardulias at pkardulias@wooster.edu.