Archaeological Society Talks is a speaker series featuring cutting edge research presented by scholars, researchers and members from the Archaeological Society of Alberta.
Beauty and the Bead: The evolution of decorative ornaments
December 12, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Speaker: Jennifer Midori Miller, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta
One of the things that sets humans apart from animals is our ability to create symbols for communication; when did this begin, and how did it help us survive while other species (i.e. Neanderthals) died out? As a PhD student, Jennifer Midori Miller's dissertation research examines how subtle differences in manufacture, form and use-wear of Stone Age beads can reveal cultural information. In this talk, she will explore how archaeological research on these diminutive beads can reveal a wealth of information. She will delve into the oldest known examples of personal ornaments, the role they played in our species success and the function that they continue to perform in our daily lives.