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Experimental archaeology: Gaining a tactile understanding of the past
September 17, 2019, 7:00 PM
Dr. Colin D. Wren, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, UCCS
The purpose of experimental archaeology is to discover and better understand the processes past people used to make, use, and discard their material culture. To address specific research questions, experimental archaeologists work with all kinds of materials to replicate tools and weapons, baskets and clothing, and food and alcohols. Dr. Colin Wren will explore the practice and method of experimental archaeology with a focus on the perishable parts of the archaeological record. In addition, he’ll present a hands-on demonstration on making rope, sandals, and baskets out of the common yucca plant found across Colorado and the Southwest.
Dr. Colin D. Wren is an archaeologist whose research focuses on understanding how past hunter-gatherer societies responded to patterns of environmental change and instability. He has case studies in the Later & Middle Stone Age of South Africa (approximately 300,000-30,000 years ago), the Last Glacial Maximum of Western Europe (approximately 20,000 years ago), and the Archaic of northeastern Canada (approximately 4,500-2,000 years ago). Dr. Wren uses a combination of digital, field, and experimental research to understand the ways people adapted to their environments.
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Our next meeting take place on
Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: FREE and Open to the Public!
Location: Colorado Springs Fire Station #19 (community room)
2490 Research Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80920 (map)