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Lecture Cuts to the Bone

Paleodemographer Richard Meindl brings an ancient civilization to life through examination of skeletal remains

(March 31, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.—Prehistoric cultures did not partake in census polls. Still, they have left behind vital evidence that helps flesh out the details of their time on Earth—their bones.

The Geneva chapter of the national scientific research society Sigma Xi presents “Life, Death and Age Structure in a Prehistoric American Indian Population from Ohio” at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, in the Geneva Room. Richard Meindl, a professor at Kent State University, describes the health and demography of a primitive tribe, divined from skeletons unearthed in an ancient lakeside cemetery.

Meindl appears as part of Sigma Xi's Distinguished Lecturer series. His talk is free, and the public is invited.

In addition to extensive field research in paleodemography—which borrows from forensic science, medicine, archaeology and modern ethnography to determine findings—Meindl focuses on population genetics and human ergonomics. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, is the international honor society of science and engineering. Each year the organization sponsors a Distinguished Lecture series at various sites around the country.

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