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Part of Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees

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-3- He noted three reasons why this kind of research is important: 1. to try to rewrite the first chapter of human history on this side of the world, 2. to give other disciplines a lot of data they do not have, and 3. to fill in the history of Chile. He said there were more than 80 scientists from all over the world with most of them concentrated at UK and at the Chilean University involved in the Monte Verde project. He introduced his colleagues attending the Board meeting: Dr. Vernon Case, Dr. Anastasios Karathanasis, Graduate Student David Pollack, Professor Richard Jefferies, Graduate Student Gwynn Henderson, and Michael Murphy. Professor Dillehay noted some of his findings at Monte Verde; arrow heads, extremely well preserved organic remains, extremely well preserved bone remains, cortege, slip knots, and human foot prints. He displayed a rib fragment from the mastodon and said they found hundreds of artifacts. He said that the site is extremely well preserved, and it gives an opportunity to look deep into the past. As a result of these findings, the chapter of human history on this side of the world has been completely rewritten. Professor Dillehay thanked the University of Kentucky for this project. He informed the Board that in 1980, when he first came to UK, much of this work was rejected for grants by the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Commission, and the National Geographic Society. He reported that the University of Kentucky Research Foundation gave him a small grant of $6,000 that allowed him to go back to Chile and get the data. The key year was 1981, and it was after 1981 that he received a series of National Science Foundation grants and spin off grants from his students and others. He noted that the University of Kentucky played a very important role in all of this research. The project has involved 30 to 40 students not only from Kentucky but another 60 students from different Latin American countries as well. He said that the whole issue of the peopling of the Americas involves not only Chile but all of the Americas. The Commonwealth has a very rich tradition in doing archaeological research, going back to 1918. The names of Funkhouser, Colonel Webb and a number of other people who established the University of Kentucky are some of the pioneers in archaeology in the United States, and the tradition is still maintained. He called attention to a publication by David Pollack entitled Slack Farm that had been given to the Board and said this site was reported on several years ago in the National Geographic Magazine. It is a publication that deals with the archaeology of this area and is an important site. He mentioned another book entitled Kentucky before Boone which won a prize