Message #108:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: George Frison to Speak in El Paso, March 13th
Date: Wed, 05 Mar 1997 17:46:01 -0700


From:	Meli Duran  

The El Paso Archaeological Society and the Centennial Museum, UTEP, El
Paso, are pleased to present the distinguished archaeologist, Dr. George
C. Frison, as the featured speaker on Thursday, March 13, 1997, at 7:30
P.M. in Neil Auditorium (in the Business Administration building).  The
Business Administration Building is just off Rim Road on the UTEP
campus.

Dr. Frison was born in Worland, Wyoming, and was first a rancher and
hunting guide, then he served in the Navy during World War II. After the
war, he returned to the University of Wyoming and completed a Bachelor
of Science degree in anthropology with honors. As a Woodrow Wilson
Fellow, Dr. Frison completed an M.A. in one year and his Ph.D. in two
years at the University of Michigan.

Subsequently, he was appointed head of the Department of Anthropology at
the University of Wyoming and as Wyoming's first State Archaeologist.
Using earlier cultural-historic studies of northwestern Plains
chronology, he studied tool-edge shapes resulting from resharpening. No
debate of chipped-stone technology is now complete without discussing
the "Frison Effect," which describes the changes that occur on the edges
of stone tools when they are sharpened. Dr. Frison's principles have
provided a better understanding of variation in tool assemblages and
thus has afforded a better understanding of the technological
organization of stone-tool users throughout the world. Perhaps more
significant has been his discerning comprehension of High Plains hunters
and their prey.

Dr. Frison has been responsible for six major books, including a
landmark publication, Prehistoric Hunters of the High Plains, as well as
monographs on many archaeological sites, especially those interpreting
prehistoric bison and antelope kills and sheep traps. He has received
numerous grants and awards, including the 1995 Plains Anthropological
Society Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Frison's career has spanned
nearly four decades. His understanding of chipped-stone technology,
bison-bone beds, Paleoindian systematics, and Plains chronology-in
addition to providing leadership in establishing two major Plains
archaeological institutions and training hundreds of students-are major
contributions. His international reputation as an archaeologist is well
deserved.