Thursday, February 3, 2011

Lecture by Michael MacKinnon

Dr Michael MacKinnon
(Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Winnipeg)
“Rich Man, Poor Man: Reconstructing Social Status in the Ancient World from Archaeological Bones”
Wednesday 9 February, 19.30 in the CIG library

Human and animal bones provide much information about ancient life. Using these sources of data, this lecture reconstructs human social status in the ancient Greek and Roman world. Topics include dietary inequalities, differential burial practices, and variations in resource distribution and production. Examples are drawn from across the ancient world, including Pompeii, Italy, Iberia, Greece and North Africa.
Dr. Michael MacKinnon is an Associate Professor at the University of Winnipeg, and a graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of Alberta. He has over 20 years of fieldwork experience at more than 45 ancient Greek and Roman sites across the Mediterranean, including places in Italy, Sicily, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Tunisia, Romania, Macedonia, Turkey, and Egypt.  He is currently the Malcolm H. Wiener Visiting Research Professor at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, where he is conducting a synthetic investigation of animal bones recovered from excavations in the Athenian Agora.

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