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September 2016

Archaeology Society of Staten Island Lecture

September 25 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Dr. Kathleen Gibson will be discussing the topic "Tools, Language, and the Evolution of the Human Mind"

Description
Darwin and Wallace, co-discoverers of evolution by natural selection, held contrasting views about the origins of the human mind. Wallace considered the human mind to be qualitatively distinct from that of other animals, while Darwin postulated that animal and human minds differ in degree but not in kind, a position that represented a sharp break with traditional Cartesian views that human behavior is rational, but animal behavior is instinctive. Manufactured stone tools from Lomekwi, Kenya (3.3. mya), complex tools from Africa which long predate the Upper Paleolithic, Indonesian paintings dating to about 40,000 years ago, and increasing evidence of Neanderthal “symbolic” activities and of interbreeding between Neanderthals and modern humans, continue to challenge old views. This talk discusses this new evidence in light of continuity versus qualitative gap perspectives of human/animal and modern human/fossil hominin mental differences. It concludes that much of what we see in the archaeological record accords with an increased information processing model of tool-making, cooperative, and communicative abilities, and, hence, with Darwinian views that differences of degree, rather than of kind, distinguish human from animal minds (and by extension modern human minds from those of other hominins).

ASSI lectures are free for ASSI and AIA members, students 22 years or younger and Wagner Faculty and Staff with valid ID. Others may attend ASSI lectures for a $10.00 donation or may join the ASSI at the door.

For more information write: The Archaeology Society of Staten Island, P.O. Box 140504, Staten Island, NY 10314-0504, or visit our website www.siarchaeology.org

October 2016

Archaeology Society of Staten Island Lecture

October 23 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Dr. Jonathan Bernard Marcoux will be discussing "Documenting Native American Diasporas in the Early Colonial Southeast"

Description
The colonial trade in deerskins and Native American slaves had profound effects on the cultural landscape of the Southeast during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Indeed, this economic system forged a dynamic even chaotic landscape ruptured and dissected by disease, violence, and slavery. In adapting to this new colonial landscape, many southeastern Indian groups employed a combination of migration and social coalescence as a strategy to ameliorate population loss. In this lecture, I explore the diasporic communities that emerged across the colonial Southeast, focusing on how archaeology can contribute to our understanding of these ethnically diverse refugee settlements.

ASSI lectures are free for ASSI and AIA members, students 22 years or younger and Wagner Faculty and Staff with valid ID.

Others may attend ASSI lectures for a $10.00 donation or may join the ASSI at the door.

For more information write: The Archaeology Society of Staten Island, P.O. Box 140504, Staten Island, NY 10314-0504, or visit our website www.siarchaeology.org

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