Impact of New Technology in Extracting Information the Subject of Archaeology Lecture

Bettina Arnold to speak at The College of Wooster on Oct. 23

17 October, 2014 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio – Bettina Arnold, professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will present "Technology and Science in the Service of Archaeology: Burial and Society in Iron Age Southwest Germany" on Thursday, Oct. 23, at The College of Wooster. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Room 105 of Scovel Hall (944 College Mall). A reception with beverages and snacks will follow the presentation in the foyer outside of the lecture room.

Arnold will talk about the most recent results of a project involving the excavation and analysis of two burial mounds near the Danube River that illustrate how new technology can be applied to the reconstruction of dress, age, status and gender, complex mortuary practices, and competitive feasting behavior. These recent technological developments have made it possible to extract valuable information from archaeological contexts that even a decade ago would have yielded relatively little data relevant to questions regarding prehistoric social life. Advances in GIS applications, CT-scan technology, CSI-derived entomological analyses of insect remains, microscopic textile reconstruction, and paleobotanical analysis of vessel contents have made it possible to generate a very detailed picture of life in the Iron Age of southwest Germany between 750 and 400 BC, even in the absence of skeletal remains due to acidic soil conditions.

Arnold's lecture is sponsored by the Archaeology Student Colloquium, the Program in Archaeology, the Local Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, the Cultural Events Committee, and the local chapter of Lambda Alpha National Honorary Society in Anthropology. Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2474) or e-mail.