Archaeologist to Share Results of National Park Surveys

Thomas Burge to speak at The College of Wooster on Sept. 20

September 19, 2012 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio – Thomas Burge, formerly an archaeologist with the National Park Service, will present “Archeological Surveys in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks – The Higher Elevations of the Southern Sierra Nevada” on Thursday, Sept. 20, at The College of Wooster. Burge’s lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.).

Recently retired as the park archeologist for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Burge will present an illustrated lecture on the results of high-elevation surveys conducted in the parks between 1997 and 2004. Eighty-eight Native American sites were recorded during the course of the surveys, documenting upwards of 8,000 years of seasonal use of the sub-alpine and alpine areas of today’s parks. Burge will also talk briefly about aspects of managing cultural resources on federal lands.

Burge’s lecture is sponsored by the Archaeology Student Colloquium, the Program in Archaeology, the Local Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, the Cultural Events Committee, and the local chapter of Lambda Alpha National Honorary Society in Anthropology. Following the presentation, there will be an open reception with beverages and snacks in the foyer outside the lecture room.

Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2474) or e-mail.