Dr. James M. Adovasio


Dr. James M. Adovasio is the world's leading expert on "soft technologies," perishable artifacts such as baskets, textiles, ropes, and other biodegradable objects made by humans. His lab handles the analysis of over 80% of the world's soft technologies, giving him a unique perspective on the sweep of human history - which he presents in his book with colleague Olga Soffer and acclaimed science writer Jake Page in THE INVISIBLE SEX - and the importance of "women's work" to humanity's survival.

Dr. Adovasio achieved world acclaim as an archaeologist in the 1970s with his excavation of Meadowcroft Rockshelter, 30 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Meadowcroft has been recognized as the earliest well-dated archaeological site in the Western Hemisphere, with evidence of human habitation dating to 16,000 years ago. He is currently Chairman of the Department of Anthropology/Archaeology and Director of Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute at Mercyhurst College. He also serves as a Commissioner with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Read more about Dr. Adovasio.


Books

The Invisible Sex: Uncovering the True Roles of Women in Prehistory

Salon.com: "The biased guessing in a lot of old-school anthropology comes in for some pointed ridicule in THE INVISIBLE SEX."

Pat Shipman, Nature: "Intelligent and provocative...A much-needed antidote to the past hundred years of popular and scientific writing on prehistoric human life."

Jean M. Auel: "THE INVISIBLE SEX is science writing at it's best. It has all the drama of a good mystery and grabs your attention in the same way. Is is so fascinating, you don't even realize how much you are learning."


The First Americans: In Pursuit of Archaeology

Los Angeles Times: "Powerful intrigue. Name-calling and blackballing. Treachery, collusion among archaeologists on an all-out hunt for a holy grail. An Indiana Jones movie? No. The actual search to identify the first humans to inhabit North America. . . . Adovasio, who became an internationally known archaeologist and academic, has created in The First Americans a book that pulses with plot-drive."

The Wall Street Journal: "After a quarter-century of rebutting the challenges to his find, Mr. Adovasio has been transformed from a renegade into a leader in the field. Digs in North and South America have only buttressed his onetime pre-Clovis heresy, and Mr. Adovasio conveys a palpable excitement, in this anything-but-tedious archaeology book, at the possibilities of what might yet be discovered."