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UCA professor makes PBS debut

Posted: July 7, 2014 - 6:55am

Dr. Duncan McKinnon, visiting assistant professor in anthropology, will appear in a PBS television series this summer entitled “Time Team America.”

“Time Team America” is a collaboration of numerous individuals conducting archaeological research in North America. The team is composed of media producers, archaeologists, and a suite of scientific specialists and experts who present dynamic stories of the rich and diverse history that defines North America.

On the series, McKinnon is one of three researchers using geophysical methods at each of the sites investigated. “It’s been a real pleasure working and engaging with very talented individuals as part of Time Team. One of the highlights of this experience is the focus on integration with ongoing research programs, the inclusion of field school students, and the active participation of interested volunteers in the communities we worked,” said McKinnon, “All this while at the same time learning about the diverse and rich history that defines each of these sites. I’m very excited about the opportunity to be a part of this project and anxious to watch the episodes.”

The team explored and filmed four locations for each of the episodes:

“The Lost Pueblo Villages” in Cortez, Colorado, researches a southwest 1500-year-old Native American village. “The Bones of Badger Hole” in the Panhandle in Oklahoma, explores a 10,000 year-old bison kill site on the plains. “The Search for Josiah Henson” in Bethesda, Maryland, weaves a tale of a plantation where Josiah Henson spent his enslaved life; his memoir is thought to have been inspiration for Uncle Tom’s Cabin and “Lost Civil War Prison” in Jenkins County, Georgia explores a large confederate prison camp where hundreds of Union POW’s perished.

The upcoming series was funded by grant from the National Science Foundation.

McKinnon is an anthropological archaeologist with extensive experience and training using geophysical technologies to investigate past human behavior. As a visiting assistant professor at the University of Central Arkansas, McKinnon teaches a variety of courses in anthropology, archaeology, and Native American studies, where he strives to engage students in the real-world application of anthropological perspectives and diversity of the human experience.

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ucantbserious 07/07/14 - 08:19 am

I loved him in Ghostbusters.

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