AVON PARK, Fla.–Jan. 11, 2016–Insights from archeologists on the development of the human mind will be the topic of the next Kissimmee Valley Archaeological and Historical Conservancy lecture at South Florida State College.

Ryan Murphy, an archeologist based in Sarasota, will be the conservancy’s speaker on Jan. 21, 7 p.m., in Building G, Room 101, on SFSC’s Highlands Campus. The public is invited at no cost.

Murphy will talk about developments in the field of cognitive archaeology, including an overview of advancements regarding archeologists’ understanding of the development of the modern human mind.

Cognitive archaeology is an interdisciplinary field that applies the theories and methods of several disciplines (psychology, archaeology, linguistics, and philosophy) to the tangible evidence of human development.

Murphy studied humanities and history at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He completed graduate work in cognitive archaeology at the University of Colorado.

Murphy’s professional background includes surveying Florida’s cultural resources, a stint as a field technician among the Seminole Tribe, archaeologist for the Historic Spanish Point museum, and Sarasota County’s archaeologist.

SFSC’s Highlands Campus is located at 600 W. College Dr. The talk is one of a series at SFSC sponsored by the conservancy. For more information, call Anne Reynolds at 840-3995.