The Stone Age Institute Presents
2010 Outstanding Research Award Winner
Dr. Lawrence Straus


Lawrence Straus lecture poster

Dr. Lawrence Straus is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. He earned his PhD in Anthropology at the University of Chicago. His research interests include paleolithic prehistory, paleoanthropology, archaeology of caves, and lithic analysis. His research locations have included Spain, Portugal, France, and Belgium.

Since 1996 Straus and Manuel González Morales of the University of Cantabria have lead a team of archaeologists in the first ever systematic excavations at El Mirón Cave. El Mirón is a large cave in the upper Asón River valley near the eastern end of Cantabria in northern Spain. The cave contains a rich collection of Upper Paleolithic art and associated human remains, including the ochre-coated skeleton of a female who died about 19,000 years ago who is now known as The Red Lady of Mirón.