On Friday, February 14, 12-1 p.m., Kurt Rademaker, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University, will speak in Room 2218, School of Education Building, as part of the UMMAA Brown Bag Lecture Series.

Rademaker’s talk, “By land or by sea? Investigating early routes and inter-zonal connections during the settlement of South America,” will discuss his group’s research on the settlement process in western South America.

Rademaker will share new insights from the team’s excavation and dating of sites from the Pacific Coast to the high Andes. He will outline an approach combining survey, provenance analysis, and GIS path modeling to trace human movements, and he'll explain the team’s attempt to understand migration routes, processes of adaptation in extreme environments, and inter-zonal connections in the Andean world.

The Museum’s Brown Bag Lecture Series is free and open to the public.