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Olmsted to be a Featured Presenter at Harvard Conference (w/photo)

A Bluefield State College faculty member will be a featured presenter later this semester at the Harvard University conference on "Metals in Antiquity." Dr. Garrett Olmsted, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at BSC, will examine metallurgy, fabrication, and social context in his presentation, "Mint Masters and Metal Smiths--Iron Age Europe." The conference is jointly sponsored by the Department of Anthropology at Harvard and the Department of Archaeology at the University of Bradford, England. Olmsted's paper was one of approximately 30 chosen from more than 150 applicants. A BSC faculty member since 1990, Olmsted received a B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard. During the 1996 biennial Harvard Celtic Colloquium, Olmsted examined the social evolution theory in his presentation, "A Mechanism for the Spread of Celtic and Indo-European Culture." Last September, Olmsted will investigate the "Origins of the Gundestrup Cauldron" during the "International Congress of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences" conference in Forli, Italy.