October 6th – Annual Kassen Lecture featuring Dr. Nicole Burt

Each year the Department of Anthropology presents the Kassen Lecture, featuring a top female scholar in the social sciences to present a lecture to the department and to the campus community. The Kassen Lecture for 2017 will feature Dr. Nicole Burt, Curator of Human Health and Evolutionary Medicine at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Moving Beyond Paleofantasies:  Reconstructing Unknown Diets

October 6, 2017

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Mather Memorial 201 | Reception to follow


Everyone eats and what we eat is often thought of as normal or the right way to do it. Familiarity can cause our diets to be easily taken for granted. But, what are humans supposed to eat and what was eaten in the past? In this talk, we will explore how stable isotope analysis can uncover unexpected diets and lead to a more nuanced understanding of past human foodways by exploring a case study from Medieval Fishergate House.

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