Professorial Lecture Series: Bodies of Evidence

Event details

  • 25 January 2018
  • 5.30PM - 7.00PM
  • Public event: Yes  |  Booking required: Yes
  • T1.10, The Curve  |  Directions

About | Professorial Lecture Series: Bodies of Evidence

Inaugural Professorial Lecture

Professor Tim Thompson discusses the range of information that can be gleaned from the human skeleton and how his research is allowing archaeologists and forensic practitioners to better explore issues of identity and identification.

The human skeleton can be thought of as an archive of information about ourselves. However rather than being a snapshot of the time of death, it is in fact a continuous record of life with considerable temporal resolution. As such it is possible to understand not just the biological characteristics of a person, but also their lived experiences. This is the basis of bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology.

Tim draws on examples ranging from ancient megafaunal extinction right up to present day contexts of mass violence to show how studying the skeleton can provide us with a better understanding of the past, present, and our collective future.

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