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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

Department Alumna Dr. Bayla Ostrach’s Upcoming Book Talk

Dr. Bayla Ostrach (UCONN 2014) will be giving a talk on her new book, Healthy Policy in a Time of Crisis: Abortion, Austerity, and Access on Saturday, April 22nd at 5PM at the UConn Barnes and Nobles at Storrs Center. See the flyer below for more information. Bayla Ostrach is currently an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Boston University’s School of Medicine.

Ostrakh Talk

Dimitris Xygalatas’ photo essay in Sapiens

Sapien, the online journal of the Wenner-Gren Foundation, has published a photo essay by Dr. Dimitris Xygalatas, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UCONN. The essay entitled “The Perennial Power of Ritual” focuses on the psychological, and cultural significance of ritual behavior, including its role in stress reduction, community building, providing guidance, and aggression management. The photo essay covers examples of ritual practice in Spain, Madagascar, Vietnam, Mauritius, and Guatemala.

Dimitris Xygalatas