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UNRAVELLING THE STORIES OF THE DEAD: RETHINKING TRUTH AND EVIDENCE THROUGH AN ARCHAEOLOGIST'S LENS

Thursday 26 October: 12:00pm - 1:30pm

McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Seminar Room, Downing Street, CB2 3ER

“Archaeology is the search for fact... not truth. If it's truth you're looking for, Dr. Tyree's philosophy class is right down the hall.” This is how Indiana Jones imagined archaeology, but how true is this? From pots to bones, from Roman glass beads to hidden jungle Inca settlements, from long lost footprints in the plains of Africa to video games in rubbish heaps, archaeologists uncover a variety of potential sources of knowledge. But pretty soon in their enterprise, they are faced with a challenge: what to make of all these traces?

We invite you to a discussion on the nature of archaeological thought and methods, where Marie Curie specialists will take you behind the scenes of the ‘archaeologist’s laboratory’, talking about what is rarely known by the public: How do they get to the facts that Indie was talking about, and is it possible to search for truth? The dead might have stories to tell, but what stories are of interest to archaeologists? What questions are we asking them, and what kinds of analysis can we apply? Come along and find out.

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No need to book.

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Accessible toilet, Step-free access

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Age: 15+, Talk, Arrive on time, Free

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