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Museum guest lecture about prehistoric desert-dwellers

sbcmuseum entryMark Campbell will present an overview of prehistoric peoples of the Mojave Desert at a San Bernardino County Museum guest lecture on Wednesday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. The lecture at the Redlands museum is free and open to the public.

“There has been a human presence in the Mojave Desert for at least the last 10–12,000 years,” said Campbell. “While the people inhabiting the Mojave Desert at the time of European contact shared many things in common, they had subtle differences often overlooked by those not familiar with the desert.”

Campbell earned his BA in anthropology from CSU Fresno and took graduate courses at CSU Northridge. He has taught as an adjunct instructor of anthropology at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, CA and as adjunct instructor of anthropology and philosophy at Cerro Coso Community College at Edwards AFB. His interests include early Western Mojave Desert prehistory, the development of sedantism among hunter/gathers, and late Pleistocene paleobotany of the western and central Mojave Desert. He is currently involved in a volunteer study of a large prehistoric quarry site in southeast Kern County.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. Admission to the evening guest lecture is free, and parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is 909-307-2669.

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