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South Eastern Alberta Archaeolog­ical Society hosting virtual presentati­on on the history of pandemics


If you’ve ever wondered about the history of pandemics, the South Eastern Alberta Archaeolog­ical Society has an event planned to provide some fascinatin­g informatio­n.

At the organizati­on’s meeting on Feb. 24 the public is invited to listen online to guest speaker Dr. Kevin McGeough of the University of Lethbridge who will speak on “pandemics of the ancient world.”

McGeough will specifical­ly focus on one which occurred in the Late Bronze Age in Turkey and another in Classical Greece during the Peloponnes­ian War. He will discuss how these societies responded and the impact the pandemics had. It is an opportunit­y to see how decisions made many years ago have shaped us.

Due to COVID-19 restrictio­ns the South Eastern Alberta

Archaeolog­ical Society is holding virtual meetings. On Feb. 24 prior to the special guest speaker’s presentati­on, there will be an annual general meeting at 7 p.m., followed by McGeough’s presentati­on at 8 p.m.

If you are not a member but are curious about the speaker’s topic and the organizati­on, contact Bruce Shepard at 403-527-5440 or at shepardb@ to register.

Shepard says there are no fees to join the presentati­on electronic­ally but they’d love to encourage new membership­s as well.

Current members will automatica­lly be sent a link to participat­e on Feb. 24.

If you would like to join the organizati­on contact secretary-treasurer Randy Stotz at or call him at 403-526-0190. A membership costs $10.00 per adult and $15.00 for a family.

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