Anthropology graduate to co-host
program on Discovery Channel
French, who went on to earn his doctorate in archaeology from Penn State University and land a job on the faculty there, will be the co-host of a new show, American Treasures, on the cable channel beginning Tuesday.
He will team up with Jason De León, a friend from graduate school and a professor at the University of Michigan, to travel the country and do hands-on research into items owners believe to be historical artifacts.
They will consult with experts and historians to learn about the items and their historical and cultural contexts, according to a news release about the show.
Artifacts investigated for American Treasures include a Colt revolver supposedly owned by outlaw John Wesley Hardin, a steam whistle claimed to have been salvaged from Pearl Harbor and a trumpet thought to be Louis Armstrong’s.
“A common misconception the public has of archaeologists is that we look for treasure; that someday, if we’re lucky, we’ll strike it rich,” said French. “Archaeologists do not look for treasure and we do not place monetary value on artifacts. American Treasures gives us the opportunity to set the record straight and to say, ‘No one owns history, it belongs to all of us; it’s our American past.’”
The show will air at 9 p.m. Central time on Tuesdays.