Wednesday, November 6, 2019
African American Archaeology in Texas c. 1870-1950
Maria Franklin - The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Franklin is a historical archaeologist whose research focuses on the African American experience. In her earlier work with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, she investigated plantation slavery in the Chesapeake. Franklin's current scholarship engages with the post-emancipation lifeways of black Texans and their descendants. This lecture is sponsored by Wittenberg University. Please note: There will be no dinner prior to the presentation.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Timely Remedies: The Ancient Medicine of Ötzi the Iceman
Patrick Hunt - Stanford University
The almost perfectly preserved remains of “Ötzi the Iceman” may give us a glimpse into medicine as practiced by prehistoric peoples. Forensic science has already uncovered amazing details of Ötzi's life. We know he carried a “medical kit”, his own portable pharmacy with over ten different plant products that could heal and cure, and additional discoveries about ancient medical techniques may be possible by studying this singular case.
Dr. Hunt's presentation will explore the medical evidence through material technology and bioarcheological data. This research was conducted under the auspices of the National Geographic Society and the Institute for EthnoMedicine where Hunt is also a Research Associate in Archaeoethnobotany. Dr. Hunt has filmed several documentaries on Ötzi for National Geographic.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
The Truth about Wine Drinking in Ancient Athens
Kathleen M. Lynch - University of Cincinnati
The ancient Greeks held wine drinking parties called symposia, where a small group of men—and some female “entertainers”—enjoyed an evening of wine and conversation. The practice of mixing wine and water and reclining on one’s left elbow to drink demanded a special set of pottery. In this talk, we’ll look at the sympotic pottery from an Athenian house and consider the social and political role of wine drinking. Finally, we’ll consider why they invested energy and resources into wine drinking, not food consumption.
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
21st Century Tools for Studying Ice Age Art
April Nowell - University of Victoria, British Columbia
More than 40,000 years ago humans began to paint animals, mysterious symbols, and even people on cave walls. For over a century, researchers have been interested in how these images were created and what they might have meant. Drawing on Dr. Nowell’s most recent work in Australia and Europe, this presentation will look at the science behind the art, and how it is leading to new understanding of the lives of Ice Age children and teens.