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A Brief History of SDSU

SDSU anthropologist Seth Mallios will lecture on the university’s treasures and traditions.
By Coleen L. Geraghty

Seth Mallios, San Diego State University’s unofficial historian and author of “Hail Montezuma!: The Hidden Treasures of San Diego State,” will present a lecture on SDSU’s 120-year history at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center.

The lecture is free and open to the public as part of SDSU’s 120th anniversary celebration. Established in 1897 as San Diego Normal School, the university has evolved into a top national public university serving the entire San Diego community and beyond.

Mallios is a professor of anthropology and director of the South Coastal Information Center at SDSU. An archaeologist, anthropologist and historian, he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and his master’s and doctorate from the University of Virginia.

He served as site supervisor at the 1607 James Fort archaeological site in Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas, and has published extensively on early colonial intercultural English/Spanish/Virginia Indian relations.

Since moving to San Diego in 2001, Mallios has spearheaded six research projects: the San Diego Gravestone Project; the Lost Murals of San Diego State Project; the Nate Harrison Historical Archaeology Project; the Whaley House Historical Archaeology Project; the San Diego Archaeological Geographic Information System; and the Historical Archaeology of Local Rock 'n' Roll.

He has received more than $1.5 million in research grants and has published nine books, including “Hail Montezuma!”