Event: Friday Seminar: "Archaeology: Between the Time of Antiquity and the Antiquity of Time"

Date & Time

October 20, 2017 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm

Contact Information

Matthew Swanson


Fowler A222

Event Type

Friday Seminar

Event Details

Speaker: Dr. Christopher Witmore, Texas Tech University

This talk attempts to formulate a different theory of time. Whereas time is of-ten honored with an astounding primacy by history and archaeology, actual things cannot be reduced to the aftereffects of time. Rather, the rapports, ex-changes, and mergers between actual entities – Bronze-Age bridges and nine-teenth-century cart roads, stonemasons and ashlar masonry, potters and an-cient ceramic forms – are generative of time. In developing a different theory of time, one that stands as an alternative and complement to history, archae-ology expands from sorting out the time of antiquity to working with the sorting that is the antiquity of time.