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Sept. 24, 2007

Archaeologist James Collins to kick off UI Explorers Lecture Series

Starting Thursday, Sept. 27, the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will bring a new lecture series to the Iowa City-area community. The UI Explorers Lecture Series will feature area researchers and professors presenting relevant and current research relating to culture and the environment.

At the first lecture, James Collins, project archaeologist with the UI Office of the State Archaeologist, will present "Annular-Stamped Pottery, Native American Circle Symbolism, and Gendered Ritual Space at the Dolomite Ridge Site" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 in the Museum of Natural History's Biosphere Discovery Hub. Collins will focus on circle symbolism in Native American material culture, with specific examples from the Dolomite Ridge site in Dubuque County. Collins' research is also currently highlighted in a special exhibit within the Biosphere Discovery Hub.

Collins has been an archaeologist on the staff of the Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist, a research unit of the UI, since 1988. He has been engaged in Midwestern and Plains archaeology since 1974, having worked extensively throughout Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Wyoming. Most recently, his attention has focused on the woodland tradition of the upper Mississippi River Valley and ongoing research in the Iowa River Greenbelt.

All lectures in the series are free and open to the public, and will be held in the Biosphere Discovery Hub, the Museum of Natural History's newest exhibit space, which opened Friday, Sept. 7. It is located on the third floor of the museum.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Sarah Horgen, Museum of Natural History, 319-335-0606,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,; Writer: Brittany Piehl