Michael Parker Pearson, renowned archaeologist and author, will present the Morris Fellow lecture titled “Stonehenge: Investigating a Prehistoric Mystery” on Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m., in the Kennedy Auditorium, Taylor Science Center. He will discuss his research on Stonehenge and explain the implications of his discoveries. This event is free and open to the public.
Parker Pearson is a professor of British Later Prehistory at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. He has worked around the world, investigating archaeological sites in countries such as Denmark, Madagascar, and Syria. While working on a project in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, he discovered the first evidence that suggested that mummification occurred in prehistoric Britain.
Having focused his research on Stonehenge, Parker Pearson co-directed the Stonehenge Riverside Project, which sought to analyze the relationship between the Stones and other neighboring monuments. During this project, he and his team discovered Bluestonehenge, a settlement where Stonehenge’s creators might have lived. He also appeared in the documentary Stonehenge Decoded during the project.
Parker Pearson has authored books such as The Archaeology of Death and Burial and published over 100 articles. In 2010, he was named the UK Archaeologist of the Year.