Archaeology of Art and Music Digging Up The Past

Four Thursdays • 2:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m. • Mackey Auditorium

Instructor : Bonnie Shirley       Coordinator : Patti Chikahisa

Topic and Date


Cognitive Archaeology

January 25

Cognitive Archaeology investigates the development of human cognition, a feature that makes humans human. Archaeological analysis of this question looks at the physical representations of the human brain in art, music, ornamentation and tools. 

Behavioral Modernity

February 22

What is the earliest evidence of Behavioral Modernity? Is there evidence that Neanderthals demonstrated grasp of symbolism, or of art?

Symbolism in Art

March 22

What is the earliest evidence of art and of symbolism in art? What is the earliest archaeological and/or evolutionary evidence for music, ceramics, ornamentation?  

Variations in Art

April 12

Variations in art across time and ancient cultures: from China to Australia to the Moche of Peru.