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Front Range Neanderthal workshop

February 21, 2013

The Department of Anthropology is hosting the second Front Range Neanderthal Workshop. Steven Holen, Ph.D., with the Center for American Paleolithic Research, will discuss how archaeologists working on different sides of the world study the past and the possible synergies between their parallel and often separate trajectories.

February 23
9 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
Behavioral Sciences Building
Room 107

The inspiration for the workshop

The Front Range Neanderthal Workshop is the inspired idea of Julien Riel-Salvatore, Ph.D., from University of Colorado Denver who recognized that there is an unusually high concentration of scholars up and down the Front Range who specialize in different aspects of Neanderthal behavior and paleobiology.

In December of 2010, the Department of Anthropology at CU-Denver hosted scholars and their students from academic institutions and archaeological contract firms across the Front Range for a day-long workshop that included presentations, student posters, and a round table discussion. 

On February 23, 2013, Michelle Glantz, Ph.D., our resident Neanderthal specialist, and the Department of Anthropology are taking their turn at hosting the event. 

“So much new data from the Neanderthal genome to provocative archaeological discoveries, suggests that the relationship between Neanderthals and modern humans was more complex than previously thought," reports Glantz. "The FRNW offers an unique opportunity for a small group of specialists, students, and the interested public to discuss and digest these new perspectives.”

The second FRNW

This year, the Department of Anthropology at Colorado State University is pleased to present the second FRNW and we invite you to join us for this event on Saturday, Feb. 23.  

New research, discoveries

New research and discoveries concerning the Neanderthals will be presented and discussed, and our keynote speaker, Steve Holen, Ph.D., will offer a New World perspective on Neanderthal studies, highlighting possible synergies between New and Old World archaeology and paleoanthropology.

Presentations will begin at 9 a.m. in Room 107 of the Behavioral Sciences Building.

Please visit our department website for further details and for a listing of all faculty participants and student poster presentations. If you have questions or to RSVP, please e-mail

We look forward to seeing you at this exciting event!

Contact: Jaime King
Phone: 970-491-1635