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Recent ECWG member activities: L. Berger, R. Potts and M. Manyak

Recent ECWG member activities: L. Berger, R. Potts and M. Manyak

Log items, thanks to Michael Manyak, Exporers Club, Washington Group


  • Lee Berger PhD FI’13 announced the discovery in South Africa of a new early human-like species Homo naledi. The treasure trove of fossils from at least 15 skeletons around 2 million years old is the cover story for the October 2015 National Geographic Magazine and will be the subject of a 60 Minutes This exciting discovery and collaboration with many international scientists appeared as a feature story around the world including the front page of the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal.
  • Rick Potts MED’95 was featured in the Smithsonian Magazine elaborating on the evolution of lighter pigmented skin as man moved away from Africa and farther from the equator. Dr. Potts also was quoted in the Wall Street Journal regarding Dr. Berger’s new discoveries.
  • Michael Manyak MED’92 conducted the most highly attended course at the National Order of the Arrow national conference with over 15,000 Boy Scouts. The enrollment response to How To Become An Explorer was expanded to three separate days at the largest venue on Michigan State University campus where over 1200 were exposed to exploration and learned about The Explorers Club. Dr. Manyak also was master of ceremonies for an event at TEC headquarters about funding exploration for Eagle Scouts which featured long time National Geographic television journalist Boyd Matson MN ’03 and reality show host Creek Stewart from Fat Guys In The Woods. Dr. Manyak was the keynote speaker and shared his expedition medicine and exploration experiences for the Bluewater Yacht national sales convention in St. Michael’s, MD, and for the Florida Airports Council national meeting in Boca Raton, FL, where he joined airship expert Ron Hochstetler FN’94. Dr. Manyak’s book Lizard Bites and Street Riots was featured at signings at both events. In addition, Mike spent a week with Dr. Berger at the South African dig sites of his spectacular findings.
Archaeologist discusses ancient medicine

Archaeologist discusses ancient medicine

Sarah K. Yeomans FN ’07 spoke on “Medicine in the Ancient World: What we have learned from archaeology” at The Explorers Club Washington Group dinner at the Cosmos Club on Saturday Feb. 12, 2011.

Sarah Yeomans, speaking at the ECWG dinner on Feb. 12, 2011. Photo by Darlene Shields

Life in the ancient world was risky business. The perils of war, disease, famine and childbirth are a just a few examples of circumstances that contributed to a much lower average lifespan in the ancient world than we have now.

People in antiquity were no less concerned about the prevention and cure of maladies than they are now, however, and entire cults, sanctuaries and professions dedicated to health dotted the spiritual, physical and professional landscapes of the ancient world.

In her talk, Yeomans discussed what ancient cultures did to combat disease and injury, and noted that some of their methods are not too different from today’s.

Yeomans teaches archaeology in the University of West Virginia’s Religious Studies Program and is also Director of Education Programs for the Biblical Archaeology Society.