Campus: CSU Los Angeles -- March 27, 2002

Cal State L.A. Anthropology Faculty Receives Telly Finalist Award on Documentary Film

Los Angeles, CA - "The Cave of the Glowing Skulls," a documentary film featuring archaeological excavations directed by Alhambra resident James Brady, assistant professor of Anthropology at California State University, Los Angeles, was recognized as a finalist in the documentary division at the 23rd Telly Awards. Brady, the film´s chief archaeologist, will receive a bronze Telly statuette for the honor, along with the film´s producer and director. The film aired on the Discovery Channel.

Brady is a noted cave archaeologist with a specialty in Mayan caves. His scientific investigation of Cueva del 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 del 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.

The Telly Awards was founded in 1980, to showcase and give recognition to outstanding non-network and cable commercials. The competition was expanded several years ago to include film and video productions. Over the past 22 years, the Telly Awards has become a well-known, highly respected national competition.

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