Belmaker presents at the 46th annual meeting of the Geological Society in Fayetteville

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Anthropology professor presents research from site in Armenia with both archaeological and geological implications

TU anthropology professor Miriam Belmaker will present recent research findings from her archaeological site excavation in Armenia at the 48th Annual Meeting of the South-Central Section of the Geological Society of America on March 18, 2014, in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Belmaker will present the paper entitled, HABITATION IN LAVE TUBES BY EARLY HUMANS IN THE UPPER PLEISTOCENE IN THE SOUTHERN ARMENO-JAVAKEHET VOLCANIC PLATEAU IN NORTHWESTERN ARMENIA –a collaboration with Colleen Bell and Cas Bridge, graduate students at the University of Tulsa, and Hasmik Simonyan of Yerevan State University in Yerevan, Armenia.  This research is funded by generous grants by the University of Tulsa's Faculty Internationalization Grant and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC)

Results of their work point to the presence of a stratified Middle-Upper Paleolithic site in the Lori, with a unique geological structure. The research has potential to shed light on the Middle-Upper Paleolithic transition in this critical time in human evolution and to early human use of their landscape during this time period.

Miriam Belmaker