Anthropology Department Events

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Archaeology and the Origins of Religion

Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Room 126

Religious behavior can be traced back far into our hunter-gatherer past. In this talk, we'll discuss how anthropologists understand the phenomenon of religion, its evolution through time, and the role it serves today.  We’ll focus on how it can be studied empirically, especially for cases in prehistory where we cannot talk to religious participants. I'll introduce you to my research where I reconstructed the organization of religious institutions in three very different types of pre-Columbian societies and found a wide range of diversity in the role religion played in everyday life.

Dr. Alexander Martin, IUP and University of Pittsburgh Center for Comparative Archaeology

Part of the Anthropology in Action Speaker Series