Symposia/Colloquia

"Last on the Warpath": The Spirit and Intent of Action Anthropology

On Thursday, April 14 at 4:30 pm (in Rm 315 Silsby) there will be a joint Anthropology/NAS-sponsored colloquium by Joshua Smith entitled:

'Last on the Warpath': The Spirit and Intent of Action Anthropology 

Joshua Smith received his Ph.D. in anthropology last year from the University of Western Ontario and is currently a Post-doctoral Fellow in American Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Smith's dissertation, bearing the same title as his colloquium talk, dealt with the history of American anthropology and its engagement with Native American activism as exemplified by a well-known US anthropologist Sol Tax (1907-1995).

Biological Anthropology—A Series in Five Parts

Dartmouth's Department of Anthropology Presents: Biological Anthropology—A Series in Five Parts

Dr. Jacinta Beehner
Assoc. Professor of Anthropology and Psychology
University of Michigan

Reproductive Suppression in Response to Novel Males: A Physiological Trifecta?

2:00 p.m.
April 29th, 2016
Rockefeller 01

New Evidence of Early Human Activity in the Siberian Arctic

New evidence of early human activity in the Siberian Arctic suggests that humans may have migrated to North America far earlier than scientists first postulated!

Paleolithic records of humans in the Eurasian Arctic (above 66°N) are scarce, stretching back to 30,000 to 35,000 years ago at most. Vladimir Pitulko and the team investigating these sites have found evidence of human occupation 45,000 years ago at 72°N, well within the Siberian Arctic. The evidence is in the form of a frozen mammoth carcass bearing many signs of weapon-inflicted injuries. The remains of a hunted wolf from a separate location of similar age indicate that humans may have spread widely across northern Siberia at least 10 millennia earlier than previously thought.

Please join the faculty of the Department of Anthropology and the Dartmouth Archaeology Working Group when they welcome archaeologist Vladimir Pitulko to campus to describe the incredible discoveries in Arctic Siberia. The lecture will take place on March 4th, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. in Rockefeller 001. 

Conservation after Conflict in Swat, Pakistan: An Italy‑Pakistan Model for Collaborative Archaeology

Luca Olivieri
Feb 3, 2016

Dr. Luca M. Olivieri is the current Director of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Pakistan. Since 2011 he has also served as the Director of the ACT-Field School project in Swat (Pakistan) co-implemented by the Mission and the Pakistani archaeological authorities. During his 28 years of field research in Swat he has conducted 23 excavation campaign in seven sites (17 campaigns in the historic settlement of Barikot) and 15 survey campaigns. The results of his field activity have been published in dozens of research papers as well as in several books and reports. His main fields of interest are urban settlements, landscape archaeology, and rock-art.

Tacking and Tangling: Cosmologies of Mobility in the Haitian Caribbean

Jeff Kahn
May 8, 2015

Canny smugglers, daring migrants, and entrepreneurial spirits all combine to populate the mystically infused land- and seascapes of the Haitian imagination. This talk will examine Haitian cosmologies of mobility and wealth in the wider Caribbean and the alternative visions of circulating value they conjure in the face of external efforts to police and contain the perceived threat of Haitian biological and social disorder.

Currently a Weatherhead Fellow at Harvard University and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California Davis, Professor Kahn has had a longstanding interest in Haiti, going back to his Dartmouth honors thesis in 2001 on Haitian religious pilgrimage and vodou.  He subsequently earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Chicago and his JD from Yale Law School.  His research centers on the anthropology of law and the state, sovereignty, migration, border policing.

The Evolution of Human Behavior: Recent Perspectives from the Middle Pleistocene at Olorgesailie, Kenya

Alison Brooks and John Yellen
May 1, 2015
Alison S. Brooks (George Washington University) and John E Yellen (National Science Foundation) are members of the Smithsonian’s Human Origins Program and its Olorgesailie Research Project, both led by Rick Potts. 

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