LaTrobeUni Postgrad Student lectures Claudia Garcia-Solis & Rebekah Kurpiel
Thursday, 15 August 2013 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm (AEST)
San Francisco, California, USA
London, United Kingdom
LaTrobe University Postgraduate Students Rebekah Kurpiel and Claudia A. Garcia-Solis present:
“Where did it all come from?: A study of stone sources in the Lake Mungo region, southwest New South Wales”
The Lake Mungo lunette is strewn with the material traces of the area’s past inhabitants. Much of this debris consists of chipped stone artefacts. There are no sources of stone on the lunette itself, which means that all the materials needed to make these tools were brought in from elsewhere. My PhD research involves finding out what type of stone was used for tool-making, where this stone was procured and documenting the stone-working activities that were undertaken at these locations. By understanding where stone was obtained, and the form in which it was carried away from its source, we gain insights into the way people organized their technology and how their technological activities articulated with other aspects of their lives.
“Behind the Stucco: Technology and Artifices in the Maya City of Calakmul”
Claudia A. Garcia-Solis
Until recent times stucco or lime mortars were used by the Maya people to build their homes, preserving a tradition dates back pre-Hispanic times. In 2002, the Archaeological Project of Calakmul discovered an early acropolis with an impressive iconographic display modelled in stucco in the frieze of the main building. The conservation and study of the technology of this stucco relief opened the possibility of approaching the people behind its manufacture and discovering more about their organization, abilities and motivations.
When & Where
Archaeological & Anthropological Society of Victoria (AASV)
The Archaeological and Anthropological Society of Victoria was formed in 1976 through the amalgamation of two societies, the Anthropological Society of Victoria and the Archaeological Society of Victoria. Although one was formed 30 years before the other both owed their origin to inspiring lectures given by singularly gifted academic lecturers to what were largely non-academic audiences. Both lecturers were on the staff of the University of Melbourne but stimulated the enthusiasm of people outside the university community.
The AASV welcomes members from all walks of life: professional archaeologists and anthropologists, students, and interested laypeople. We hold monthly meetings with free lectures covering a wide range of topics from the broad disciplines of archaeology and anthropology, and we offer a range of activities including fieldtrips and the opportunity to participate on archaeological digs. While the Pacific region has a special place in the work of the Society, lectures cover a wide range of topics and regions across the world. Links with the University of Melbourne, LaTrobe University and Monash are strong with both staff and students regularly speaking to the society about their work.