Campus: CSU, Los Angeles -- September 18, 2000

Discovery Channel's "Cave of the Glowing Skulls" Documents Research by Cal State L.A. Faculty Member on Sept. 25

Discoveries in a little-known area of Central America by Cal State L.A. anthropology faculty member James Brady will be the focus of the documentary, "Cave of the Glowing Skulls," scheduled to air Monday, September 25, 9 p.m., Tuesday, September 26, 1 a.m., and Saturday, September 30, 5 p.m., on the Discovery Channel.

Brady is a noted cave archaeologist with a specialty in Mayan caves. His scientific investigation of Cueva de Rio Talgua (Cave of the River Talgua) and other caves in the area, done between 1994 and 1996, has significantly changed archaeology's understanding of this poorly known area of Honduras. At Cueva de Rio Talgua, Brady's team discovered a remote burial chamber with skeletal remains of perhaps 100 to 200 individuals. The skulls and bones sparkled with tiny calcium crystals from the limestone cave, thus inspiring the site's nickname, "The Cave of the Glowing Skulls."

Brady is an assistant professor of anthropology at Cal State L.A., and earned his B.A. in anthropology from UC Berkeley; M.A. in anthropology from Cal State L.A.; and Ph.D. in archaeology from UCLA. He has taught at George Washington University. Brady has also currently been directing cave archaeology research in Mexico and Guatemala.

For interviews with Dr. Brady, call the Cal State L.A. Public Affairs Office at (323) 343-3050.

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