For Immediate Release

Hallam L. Movius, Jr. Lecture

Recent Discoveries in the Altai: Issues on the Evolution of Homo Sapiens

(Cambridge, February 22, 2012) Denisova Cave in Altai Krai, Russia, has yielded one of the largest collections of artifacts which have recently demonstrated that Denisova man was a human ancestor, associated with early Upper Paleolithic artifacts from about 50,000 years ago.

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology presents the Hallam L. Movius, Jr. lecture by paleoanthropologist Anatoly Derevianko titled “Recent Discoveries in the Altai: Issues on the Evolution of Homo Sapiens” on Thursday March 22, 2012 at 6:00 PM at Harvard's Geological Lecture Hall (24 Oxford St.), followed by a public reception at the Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Ave. The lecture will be in Russian with English translation.

Archaeological materials from the Altai Paleolithic sites in Central Asia are among the most interesting and important recent discoveries related to modern human evolution. The Altai archaeological finds illustrate the development of Paleolithic cultural traditions from 282,000 to 10,000 years ago.

This illustrated talk will explore how Denisova man and the new data from the Altai connect with contemporary theories of human evolution.

Anatoly Derevianko is Head of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Siberian Branch, the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography.

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Excavations in the Eastern Galley at Denisova Cave. Stone ring and bracelet attributed to the early Upper Paleolithic from the Denisova Eastern Gallery.
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Hallam L. Movius, Jr. Lecture: “Recent Discoveries in the Altai: Issues on the Evolution of Homo Sapiens” (in Russian with English translation)
Speaker: Anatoly Derevianko, Head of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Siberian Branch, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography.
Where: Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St. Cambridge. A reception follows at the Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Ave.
When: March 22, 2012 at 6:00 PM
Admission: Free
Public Information: 617-496-1027 or