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A.P.E.X. Events: Penny Minturn, Building Bridges: 35 Years as an Archaeologist

Published: October 15, 2018 | Category: Special Events

Penny MinturnThursday, October 25, A.P.E.X. Events and the Utah Humanities Grant Program is proud to have anthropologist Dr. Penny Minturn in residence in Southern Utah. Her presentation entitled Building Bridges reflects on her 35+ years of experience in anthropology. Please join us in the Gilbert Great Hall at 11:30 AM on October 25. Later that evening at 7 PM Dr. Minturn will be featured at “Frontline Forensics: Chang the Fate of the Unknown Soldier.” A commemoration of the 100th year of the end of WWII. This will take place at Cedar North Elementary. These events are free and open to the public.

Minturn has worked as an archeologist, bioarcheologist, and physical anthropologist in Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, California, Mexico and Egypt. She has served as lead bioarcheologist for the Middle Cemetery Project in Abydos, Egypt, and in 2007 was in charge of the excavation of the Tomb of Iuu. Her experience has included the excavation and analysis of scores of sites and thousands of burials in the Southwest US, and hundreds of mummies in Egypt. In addition, Minturn has served as instructor of physical anthropology and archaeology classes at Gila County Community College, Pima County Community College, Glendale Community College, and University of Hawaii.

Minturn has published numerous reports and has presented at annual meetings of the Society for American Archaeology, Pecos Conference, Arizona Archaeological Conference, International Congress on Prehistoric Health and Disease, and the Society for Historic Archaeology. Minturn joined the DPAA-Central Identification Laboratory in 2011 as a forensic archeologist and anthropologist, aiding the agency's mission to locate and return missing U.S. military personnel from past conflicts. 

Minturn earned a B.A. in anthropology from Arizona State University in 1984. She completed her Master's degree in 1994 with a study of perimortem damage to human bone from a prehistoric Anasazi site in New Mexico. In 2006, she earned her Ph.D. from Arizona State University with a craniometric study of prehistoric groups from throughout the American Southwest, including data from over 500 burials that were excavated and analyzed under her supervision.

“Our world is full of many hidden secrets and it is exciting to be able to clearly see into the past. The work of Dr. Penny Minturn is truly fascinating and vital for us to understand the world that we will in. A.P.E.X. Events and the Utah Humanities Grant Program are honored to bring Dr. Minturn to Southern Utah!”


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