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.