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ECWG explorers and guests gather at an informal Saturday brunch on March 14, 2015

ECWG explorers and guests gather at an informal Saturday brunch on March 14, 2015

EGWG members and their guests met their fellow explorers, including some of the ECWG’s most experienced explorers, at an informal brunch on Saturday, March 14, at the National Press Club’s (NPC) Fourth Estate restaurant.


The experienced explorers spoke briefly and answer questions:

  • Lee Talbot MED ’57 and Marty Talbot FN ’04, who are both winners of major Explorers Club honors. Lee received the 2009 Explorers Medal for his “extraordinary contributions to exploration, scientific research and human welfare.” His wife, Marty received the Explorers Club’s 2013 Lowell Thomas Award as “a pioneering conservationist for her 56-year dedication to ecological research in more than 60 countries on four continents.”


  • Craig Cook, MN ’01, is a physician who is involved in undersea exploration and undersea medicine. As a physician he is especially interested in the mechanisms of decompression sickness and its treatment in remote locations. He has been an active diver for more than 40 years and is a diving instructor for the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).


  • Sarah Yeomans, FN 07, is an archaeologist specializing in the Imperial period of the Roman Empire with a particular emphasis on religions and ancient science. She is a faculty member in the department of Religious Studies at West Virginia University, and is also the Director of Educational Programs at the Biblical Archaeology Society in Washington, D.C. She has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Israel, Italy, Turkey, France and England and has worked on several television and film productions.

This informal question and answer session around the table was attended by nearly 2 dozen people.  The event was quite successful and similar events will be planned in the near future.



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.