(Originally published Jan. 30, 2009.)
It’s not a stretch to imagine there might not have been an SMU-in-Taos without Fred Wendorf. The renowned archaeologist’s early-career excavations in New Mexico unearthed the remnants of a log fort established by U.S. soldiers in 1852 to protect Taos-area settlers from roaming Apache and Comanche Indians. Wendorf reconstructed Fort Burgwin‘s structures based on sketches of the original log buildings.
In addition, Wendorf, SMU’s Henderson-Morrison Professor Emeritus of Prehistory, served as leader of the Combined Prehistoric Expedition to Egypt from 1962-2000. His expeditions produced most of what is known about the Stone Age prehistory of northeastern Africa. And in 2001, he gave more than 6 million ancient Nile Valley artifacts he had collected to the British Museum in London.
Wendorf’s career contributions and new book will be spotlighted at a Feb. 5 reception, book signing and lecture at SMU’s DeGolyer Library. The reception begins at 6 p.m. in the Texana Room. The lecture and book-signing for Desert Days: My Life as a Field Archaeologist will follow at 6:30 p.m. in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room. Both are free and open to the public. Desert Days has been published by SMU Press in cooperation with the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies.
Register online for the reception and book signing, or call 214-768-3231.