Recent news from the Department of Anthropology at UConn

Guest Lecture by Nicholas J. Conard – Thursday October 11, 4 pm

Nicholas J. Conard is a professor of Anthropology, currently the director of the Department of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology, at the University of Tübingen, Germany. This lecture will detail recent archaeological finding on the evolution of art and music. The location is the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Konover Auditorium (UConn, Storrs). The time is 4 pm on Thursday October the 11th, 2018. More details in the flier here.

Department Alumnus Co-Author of Science Paper on Early Humans’ Use of Symbolism and Technology

LeslieUConn Anthropology Department alumnus, David Leslie, is co-author of a new paper published in Science Magazine that examines evidence of symbolic and technological innovation of early Homo sapiens at a series of Middle Stone Age sites in southern Kenya. The evidence shows that hominins at the sites dating to around 320 years ago made prepare cored and points, and extracted red pigments from iron-rich rocks. This evidence has important implications for the social and cognitive evolution of humans

Dimitris Xygalatas’ Article on Holiday Rituals and Traditions

Dimitris XygalatasIn a recent article published for the online media outlet The Conversation, Dimitris Xygalatas, UCONN Assistant Professor of Anthropology, examines the anthropological roots and effects of established holiday rituals, including reducing anxiety, promoting sharing, and maintaining and strengthening family ties. The Conversation is a not-for-profit media outlet for scientific and academic news, and reports a monthly online audience of 5.2 million users onsite, and reaches around 35 million people through “creative commons republication.”