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The Evolution of an Ancient Technology

Start: Feb 16, 2016 04:00 PM

Location: Room 209, UCL Institute of Archaeology

A weaver of the Maa ethnicity, using one of the simplest types of loom found in East Asia (braced with the back and feet). Ta Lai village in southern Vietnam (Photo Chris Buckley)

Chris Buckley (University of Oxford) will give a talk on the evolution of an ancient technology at the Institute on 16 February.

Abstract

The talk will discuss two studies of contemporary Asian weaving cultures: one is a micro-level study of how weaving culture is transmitted and sustained, the other a macro-level study of technologies and techniques used across the region. The talk will compare the two and show how macro level patterns arise from micro-level processes, and discuss the wider implications, particularly for how technology evolves in traditional societies.

All welcome!

Any enquiries about the event may be directed to Stephen Shennan.

Image: A weaver of the Maa ethnicity, using one of the simplest types of loom found in East Asia (braced with the back and feet). Ta Lai village in southern Vietnam (Photo Chris Buckley)