March 3, 2000
UPTON, NY - Garman Harbottle, an expert in identifying and dating works of art and archeology, will give a lecture, titled "The Origins of Chinese Civilization: Recent Archeological Discoveries," at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory on Wednesday, March 29, at 4 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Harbottle was a member of the Jiahu research team that uncovered what is probably the world's oldest playable musical instrument, a flute, at the Jiahu archaeological site in Henan province, China.
In his lecture, Harbottle will discuss this Neolithic site, which dates back to the eighth millennium B.C., and describe the surprising discoveries found there that profoundly alter conceptions of the beginning of Chinese society. Harbottle will briefly review Chinese cultural and art history to place in context his work at Jiahu, and recent exciting findings by the archaeological team.
Garman Harbottle uses a technique known as carbon-dating to date and identify archeological artifacts and historical documents. After earning a Ph.D. in chemistry from Columbia University in 1949, Harbottle joined Brookhaven National Laboratory as an associate chemist in the same year. He has spent almost his entire career at Brookhaven, advancing to the position of senior chemist in 1968. He left Brookhaven briefly to become a Guggenheim Fellow at Cambridge University, England, 1957-58, and, in 1959, he taught radioisotope procedures at the American University in Beirut. From 1965-67, Harbottle was director of the Division of Research and Laboratories, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria.
In 1983, Harbottle was named a co-recipient, with Edward Sayre, of the George Hevesy Medal for outstanding achievement in radioanalytical chemistry. In 1995, Harbottle won the Seaborg Medal, one of the most prestigious awards given by the American Nuclear Society. Harbottle retired from the Brookhaven Lab in 1997, but he continues to make significant contributions to his field as a research collaborator at the Laboratory.
For more information about the lecture, call Brookhaven Lab at (631) 344-2345. The Laboratory is located on William Floyd Parkway (County Road 46), one-and-a-half miles north of Exit 68 on the Long Island Expressway.
The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory creates and operates major facilities available to university, industrial and government personnel for basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences, and in selected energy technologies. The Laboratory is operated by Brookhaven Science Associates, a not-for-profit research management company, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.