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Earliest settlements of the Americas

Published on April 3, 2018 3:04PM

Last changed on April 10, 2018 9:52AM

Dr. Cameron Smith at work in the field.

Cannon Beach History Center and Museum

Dr. Cameron Smith at work in the field.

Artwork from Cameron Smith’s lecture at the history center.

Cannon Beach History Center and Museum

Artwork from Cameron Smith’s lecture at the history center.

Cameron Smith lectures at the history center.

Cannon Beach History Center and Museum

Cameron Smith lectures at the history center.


On Thursday, April 19, at 4 p.m. the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum welcomes Dr. Cameron M. Smith to discuss when man first came to the Americas Smith is an anthropology professor at Portland State University and is a highly recognized scholar on human history, archaeology and evolution.

Smith will be discussing the old and new theories about the earliest dispersals of humans into the Americas. Whether by land or sea, these new archaeological sites bring about new questions. His talk, “By Land, Sea and Shore: New Evidence and Theories on the Earliest Human Dispersals into the Americas,” will be free and open to the public.

Smith has a Ph.D. in archaeology from Canada’s Simon Fraser University and is a respected scholar, who has published scientific works in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, as well as Scientific American, Scientific American MIND and more.

The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Monday and is donation based. The center is located at 1387 South Spruce St.





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