Wes Cowan

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Wes Cowan
Born C. Wesley Cowan
(1951-09-04) September 4, 1951 (age 65) [1]
Louisville, Kentucky
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Kentucky (B.A. and M.A., Anthropology)
University of Michigan (Ph.D., Anthropology) [2]
Occupation anthropologist, antiques appraiser, TV personality
Known for History Detectives
Spouse(s) Shelley Cowan (1978 - ) [1]
Children 2
Website cowanauctions.com

C. Wesley Cowan (born September 4, 1951 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American anthropologist, auctioneer, and appraiser of antiques. He is an owner of Cowan's Auctions, Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Education and career[edit]

Cowan is a licensed auctioneer in Ohio and received a B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Kentucky, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Michigan.[2]

After receiving his Ph.D., he taught at the Anthropology Department of Ohio State University.[2]

In 1984, Cowan moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to be the Curator of Archaeology at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History & Science. He has published in the fields of American archaeology and paleoethnobotany.[2]

In 1995, he left academia and founded his antiques business, Cowan's Auctions, Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio.[2]

Cowan has been a regular in the PBS series Antiques Roadshow and History Detectives.[3][4]

Selected publications[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Cowan, C. Wesley; Watson, Patty Jo, (editors), The Origins of Agriculture in International Perspective, Tuscaloosa, Alabama : The University of Alabama Press, January 28, 2006 (originally published in 1992 by The Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C. ISBN 0874749905)
  • Brose, David S.; Cowan, C. Wesley; Mainfort, Robert C., (editors), Societies in Eclipse: Eastern North America at the Dawn of European Colonization, Washington, S.C. : Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001.
  • Brose, David S.; Cowan, C. Wesley; Mainfort, Robert C., (editors), Societies in Eclipse: Archaeology of the Eastern Woodlands Indians, A.D. 1400-1700, Tuscaloosa, Alabama : The University of Alabama Press, 2010
  • Cowan, C. Wesley, First farmers of the middle Ohio Valley : Fort Ancient societies, A.D. 1000-1670, Cincinnati, Ohio : Cincinnati Museum of Natural History, 1987

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cf. bio in Wes Cowan at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ a b c d e "BIO: Wes Cowan", cowanauctions.com
  3. ^ Kiesewetter, John (2003) "Appraiser Cowan to co-host new antiques show on PBS", Cincinnati Enquirer, July 14, 2003, p. C2
  4. ^ Serwer, Adam (April 17, 2016). "The Secret History Of The Photo At The Center Of The Black Confederate Myth". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved 2016-04-18.