QUEENSBURY -- Valerie Haskins, professor of anthropology and archaeology, will present a talk, “The Mummies of Mammoth Cave,” at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in Miller Auditorium in Dearlove Hall on the SUNY Adirondack campus.

The talk will last about an hour, with questions. The public is invited and admission is free.

The presentation is part of SUNY Adirondack’s College Lecture Series and is sponsored by SUNY Adirondack’s Professional Development Committee. The College Lecture Series offers talks by SUNY Adirondack faculty on a variety of topics and contemporary issues.

Mammoth Cave, in south-central Kentucky, is world’s longest known cave system, almost 400 miles long.

Several naturally-preserved mummified bodies, estimated to be 4,000 years old, were discovered there in the 19th century. Mammoth Cave became a major tourist attraction in early America, with tours of the caves as well as mummies. It is now a national park.

Haskins is a Ph.D. candidate at Washington University in St. Louis. She earned an M.A. in anthropological archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis and a B.A. from DePauw University in Indiana in education and psychology. She has received numerous fellowships and grants. She is a recipient of the 2005 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at SUNY Adirondack, and was named Co-Adviser of the Year for her work with the Anthropology Club.

She has worked as a consultant in film and video for National Geographic, the Discovery Channel and other organizations.

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