Peopling of the Americas

Dates: January 27 - February 17, 2021

Meets: Wed. from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: Online Presentation

OLLI Member: $55.00

Enrollment requires a 2020 - 2021 OLLI at MSU Membership

Who were the first peoples to come to the Americas? Nancy Mahoney, an archaeology instructor at MSU, will present the latest research regarding the peopling of the Americas. The course will examine exciting new discoveries of recent archaeological and genetic evidence, balanced with the knowledge and perspective of Native American scholars. Particular attention will be given to the Anzick Boy remains, one of the oldest pre-Clovis burials in North America, which was first unearthed in the 1960s in the Shields Valley, just a few miles northwest of Bozeman.

Fee:   $55.00

Online Presentation

This is a real-time (live) online class that meets at the specified day(s)/time(s) listed.

We will send you a reminder email with login instructions one business day before the program start date. If there are additional sessions, we will send reminders the morning of those sessions.

Nancy Mahoney

Nancy Mahoney holds a B.A. from Emory University and a M.A. from George Washington University, both in anthropological archaeology, and is currently a doctoral candidate in American studies at Montana State University. Over the past 25 years, she has conducted fieldwork in Morocco, Cyprus, Turkey, Arizona, Utah and Montana. She teaches world prehistory, human evolution and cultural theory in her courses at MSU. Last year she taught for OLLI at MSU for the first time and had so much fun she has decided to come back for more!
Date Day Time Location
01/27/2021Wednesday2 PM to 4 PM Online Presentation
02/03/2021Wednesday2 PM to 4 PM Online Presentation
02/10/2021Wednesday2 PM to 4 PM Online Presentation
02/17/2021Wednesday2 PM to 4 PM Online Presentation

  • Understand the genetic evidence that supports Asian origins for indigenous peoples of the Americas.
  • Know the most significant early archaeological sites that support theories of multiple coastal and land migrations.
  • Understand the significance of indigenous origin stories and their ongoing importance to current peoples and scientific perspectives.
  • Understand the diversity and significance of linguistic diversity in the Americas.

For information about refunds, cancellations, minimum enrollments and more, see the Course Administration and Procedures page.


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