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Friday Seminar: David Wengrow

by eric — last modified April 05, 2010 10:48 AM
What Friday Seminar
When April 09, 2010
from 04:00 pm to 06:00 pm
Where A222 Fowler Building
Contact Name Seppi Lehner
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What can we learn from monsters? Cognitive Anthropology and the
Bronze Age

Dr David Wengrow, Reader in Comparative Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University College London

How far is the human mind conditioned to produce and transmit certain kinds of religious representations? How do cultural representations of supernatural agents spread within human populations? These questions are currently the subject of a dialogue between cognitive psychology and evolutionary anthropology, based largely upon laboratory experimentation and comparative ethnography. But they also raise vital issues for the interpretation of images in the archaeological record. David Wengrow will present examples of his ongoing research into the empirical distribution of supernatural imagery in the Bronze Age Mediterranean, in order to suggest how archaeology might offer new perspectives on the problems at hand.

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