News and Events


A public lecture sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Peterborough Chapter of the OAS:

“Current Perspectives on the Dawn of Farming in China”

Speaker: Professor Gary Crawford, University of Toronto
Time: 7pm

Date: Tuesday, 17 January 2017
Location: Gzowski College Room 115

All Welcome!

Ontario Field School

ANTH 3000Y


Wednesday 25th January 2017

12:00noon to 2:00pm.


ANTH 3000Y – Belize Field School 2017

Ka’Kabish Archaeological Research Project


Date: Wednesday 25th January 2017

Time: 3:00-4:00pm

Room: DNA C 233


Kenneth Kidd Lecture 2016

Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Kenneth & Martha Kidd Legacy Fund.

“Reclaiming the Museum: Indigenous communities as part of the continuing evolution of institutions”

A Public  lecture by:

Meredith Vasta, PhD

Dr. Meredith Vasta is the Collections Steward at the Harvard University Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.

Date: Thursday, 24 November 2016

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Bagnani Hall, Traill College

All Welcome

Richard B. Johnston Lecture 2016

In cooperation with the Ontario Archaeological Society and the Archaeological Research Centre, the Department of Anthropology, Trent University presents:

Daniel Rafuse

Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires and Trent University Visiting Research Fellow

“Archaeology and actualistic taphonomy in the plains, coastal and highland environments of the Pampas, Argentina”

Date: Tuesday, November 22

Time: 7pm

Location: Bagnani Hall, Traill College

All Welcome : Reception to Follow


Diet Choice in the Land of Plenty: Gobi Desert Hunter-Gatherers and the Broad Spectrum Revolution

What drove the Broad Spectrum Foraging Revolution (otherwise known as the Epipalaeolithic, Mesolithic, or Archaic)? Was it resource depression through post-glacial increases in population density? Environmental degradation?

In the Gobi Desert of Mongolia, the answer is a resounding “No.” Come join Dr. Lisa Janz, Post-doctoral Fellow of the Department of Anthropology and learn how baseline changes in late Pleistocene and early Holocene ecosystems completely altered human foraging strategies and what that means for our understanding of human diet choice.

Place: Bagnani Hall, Traill College
Date: November 25th, 2015
Time: 7pm, reception to follow at 8pm in The Trend

Franklin Expedition Talk

The Anthropology Department at Trent, together with the City of Peterborough and Fleming College will present a free public lecture by Dr. Douglas Stenton, Director of Heritage, Government of Nunavut on October 14th, 2015.  The title of his talk is  'The Archaeology of the 1845 Franklin Expedition - New Evidence and Questions'.   Dr. Stenton is an arctic archaeologist and has spent years investigating archaeological evidence of the ill-fated expedition. He will be talking about this evidence, including recent finds associated with the discovery of the HMS Erebus.  This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.  There is no reserved seating so come early to get a good seat!


Place: The Venue, 286 George Street North, Peterborough

Date: October 14, 2015

Time: 7-9pm

Trent University Durham Anthropology Lecture Series 2015 Presents

Dr. Sarah M. Hillewaert, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto Mississauga

speaking on

"Respect and Prospect: Dialects of Morality among Muslim Youth in Coastal Kenya"

Dr. Hillewaert tells about her work among Muslim youth on the Indian Ocean island of Lamu, Kenya. Living in a rapidly changing world, these young people creatively weave religious values and societal expectations with their own desires for change and development. By analyzing seemingly mundane practices—choosing a particular route to work, way of wearing a headscarf, or greeting style—we learn how Lamu youth negotiate shifting understandings of moral personhood in reference to religious cultural traditions. This linguistic anthropological discussion shows how large-scale geopolitical shifts are reflected in everyday practices of youth on the margins.

Thursday, March 12, 6:30–7:30 in Room 125, Trent University Durham, 55 Thornton Road South, Oshawa
All welcome!

Kenneth Kidd Lecture Series 2015

"From Forgotten Ruins to World Heritage Site: Archaeology, Value, and Heritage at Copán, Honduras"

by Lena Mortensen, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto Scarborough

Thursday, March 26, 6–7 PM, DNA B104

This presentation takes an ethnographic approach to the ancient city of Copán in western Honduras, an important archaeological monument and present-day tourist attraction. It traces the history of place-making that transformed a place of “ruins” into a celebrated World Heritage Site, focusing on the transnational encounters and intimate forms of labour that have generated different modes of both value and heritage. This “ethnography of archaeology” builds on publicly engaged studies of the past in the present to examine, essentially, why and how archaeology matters.



Lecture Poster



Instructor, Department of Anthropology, Trent University, Postdoctoral Researcher, Study of Religion, University of Toronto

Approximately 600 Europeans have joined Santo Daime, a Brazilian religion organized around the ingestion of a potent psychoactive beverage called ayahuasca. Aiming to shed light on an ethical tension within liberalist nations where the freedom of religion is enshrined, this talk will explore the challenges Santo Daime poses to narratives of secular rationality in the Western world.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12, 6:10–7:30 P.M. Room 114, Trent University Oshawa

All Welcome!



Lecture Poster



Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Anthropology, Trent University Chercheur associé, TRACES UMR 5608, Maison de la Recherche, Université Toulouse II Le Mirail

Several major events occurred during the Middle-to-Upper Palaeolithic transition in Western Europe. For instance, the system of faunal exploitation became more complex, as animal remains were now used for economic, as well as technical and symbolic purposes.

This talk will present an integrated analysis of alimentary refuse, bone tools and items of personal adornment. The evidence suggest that these three spheres were strongly interconnected, which has implications about the evolution of alimentary practices during the early Upper Paleolithic some 35,000 years ago.



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Department of Anthropology, Trent University Presents
the 2011-12 Kenneth Kidd Lecture, January 26

Lecture Poster

Lecture Article -Posted 1/02/2012

Public welcome to public lecture by visiting archaeologist

Dr. Tristan Carter, McMaster University

"Through a Glass Darkly: Reconstructing Neolithic Interaction via Obsidian Sourcing in the Eastern Mediterranean"

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 7:30pm

Bagnani Hall at Traill College, Peterborough

The Department of Anthropology at Trent University will host the 2012 Kenneth Kidd Lecture on Thursday, January 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Bagnani Hall at Catharine Parr Traill College, with a presentation by Dr. Tristan Carter, McMaster University anthropology professor.

Dr. Carter's presentation, entitled 'Through a Glass Darkly: Reconstructing Neolithic Interaction via Obsidian Sourcing in the Eastern Mediterranean,’ is free and open to the public.

Dr. Carter is an archaeologist whose research focuses on eastern Mediterranean prehistory, primarily the Aegean, Anatolia and northern Mesopotamia, spanning the epi-palaeolithic to late bronze age. Working mainly with stone tools, his studies consider modes of production and consumption as reflections of past cultural habits. His recent work has involved a series of obsidian techno-typological / sourcing studies as a means of investigating inter-community relations in bronze age (‘Minoan’) Crete, household traditions at Aceramic Neolithic - Chalcolithic Çatalhöyük in central Anatolia, and the ‘materiality of pilgrimage’ in northern Mesopotamia.

The Kenneth Kidd Lecture series is named for the late Kenneth E. Kidd, first chair of Trent's Anthropology Department. Lectures in this series are given by visiting guests, Trent faculty and research fellows, and graduate students in Anthropology.

All members of Trent and the Peterborough community are welcome to this free event.



KENNETH KIDD LECTURE SERIES, 2010-2011 (Second Lecture)

Thursday, March 24,  2011, 5-7pm in Gzowski college 115

ESTEBAN PARRA, Associate Professor of Anthropology,

University of Toronto


The lecture will summarize our current understanding of the evolution and the genetic basis of skin pigmentation variation, and will describe the implications for public health (skin cancer risk, vitamin D deficiency). The lecture will also present the results of a recent study evaluating vitamin D status in a sample of healthy young adults of diverse ancestry living in Toronto.

THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 5:00-7:00 P.M.

Admission is free. All Welcome!

In OSHAWA - 55 Thornton Road Campus

Trent Oshawa Anthropology Lecture Series

J. "EI" Molto - Professor of Bioarchaeological Genetics,

University of Western Ontario

Date: Monday February 7, 2011

TIme: 1 pm

Place: Room 125

Coffee Reception to Follow

Everyone is Welcome

Dying, Death and DNA in the Tutankhamun Lineage : Click for Poster


Justin Jennings - Associate Curator, Department of World Cultures, Royal Ontario Museum.

Date: Monday January 24, 2011
Time: 1 - 3 pm
Place: Room 125

Coffee Reception to Follow
Everyone is Welcome

Civilization before the State - Click for Poster

Since the beginning of academic anthropology, the spread of civilization has been linked to the expansion of the first states. Using examples from around the world, this talk argues instead that what we think of as "civilizations" were often the unintended consequences of chaotic first decades of urban life.


Inaugural Lecture - Monday, September 20, 2-4pm Thornton Campus

Reaping The Resources: Stories from Oshawa's History

Laura Suchan - Executive Director, Oshawa Community

Museum and Archives

Forthcoming Lectures

Monday, October 4, 2pm - Thornton Campus

Dr. Chen Shen, Royal Ontario Museum

Monday, November 1, 2pm - Thornton Campus

Dr. Ed Swenson, University of Toronto


The Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce the Kenneth Kidd Lecture Series for 2010-2011 (First Lecture)

Friday, 8 October 2010, 6-8pm - A Double Lecture Event in Gzowski College 115

BARBARA TEDLOCK, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology,

University at Buffalo
6-7 pm

DENNIS TEDLOCK, Distinguished Professor, McNulty Prof. in the Poetics
Program, Research Prof. of Anthropology, Dept. of English, University
at Buffalo
7-8 pm

(Roger Lohmann is making a reservation for dinner with the Tedlocks
after their lectures at Parkhill on Hunter If you wish to join us, please
e-mail Roger by Thursday, Sept. 30 at <>).

A   S p e c i a l   E v e n i n g ' s   D o u b l e   L e c t u r e


Barbara Tedlock
Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, University at Buffalo

Research in the human sciences has recently undergone a radical shift
in perspective from considering the world as a collection of objects
(objectivity) or of subjects (subjectivity), to understanding the
world as a set of dialogical processes and psychodynamic
relationships (intersubjectivity). Likewise, the ethnography of
dreaming has changed from a simple gathering, arrangement,
interpretation, and comparison of dreams into an intersubjective
dialogical communicative process. Fieldworkers today often share
their own dreams, associations, and interpretations with their
subjects and as a result they are becoming intercultural. Examples
come from Native North and South America, Africa, Pakistan, and Nepal.


Dennis Tedlock
Distinguished Professor, McNulty Professor in the Poetics Program,
Research Prof. of Anthropology, Dept. of English, University at

The decipherment of the Mayan script was delayed until the middle of
the twentieth century because of the failure of Western scholars to
grasp its composite nature. Mayan phonetic signs are like letters of
the alphabet in that the act of reading them requires a leap from the
world of sight to that of sound, but they stand for syllables rather
than smaller units of sound. Another difference is their use in
combination with logographic signs, which often take the form of
images or diagrams that correspond to the meanings of words. Recent
epigraphic work, increasingly guided by linguistic methods, tends to
produce phonetic transcriptions that efface the dual nature of the

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 6:00-8:00 P.M.
Admission is free. All Welcome!

Kenneth Kidd Lecture Series

Anthropology Goes Downtown

Trent University is proud to host the Kenneth Kidd Lecture Series featuring two engaging presentations by leading Canadian anthropologists. Themed "Anthropology Goes Downtown", the presentations will take place over two separate nights at Splice Restaurant & Lounge, located at 379 George St. N., Peterborough, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Admission is free. Everyone is welcome.

2010 Kenneth Kidd Lecture Series

The Department of Anthropology and
Trent University Archaeological Research Centre (TUARC)
are pleased to announce the 2010 Kenneth Kidd Lecture Series:

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Dr. Gyles Iannone, Trent University
Socio-environmental Dynamics

A Long Term Perspective From the
Ancient Maya World
Splice Lounge, 379 George Street North, 7 pm

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Dr Tracy Prowse, McMaster University
Life and Death on an Imperial Roman Estate at Vagnari, South Italy
Splice Lounge, 379 George Street North, 7 pm


2009 Kenneth Kidd Lecture Series
Anthropology Goes Downtown featured three leading Canadian anthropologists in 2009:

Laura Peers, Curator for the Americas Collection, Pitt Rivers Museum, Reader in Material Anthropology at the University of Oxford and 2009 Ashley Fellow at Trent University presented: ‘These pictures are like dictionaries’: Visual repatriation, collaborative anthropology and the Kainai Nation

Justin Jennings, Associate Curator, Royal Ontario Museum and cross-appointed in the Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto presented: Pots, Brewers, and Hosts: Women’s Power and the Limits of Central Andean Feasting

Judith Sealy, Professor and Head of the Department of Archaeology, and oversees the Stable Light Isotope Laboratory at University of Cape Town, South Africa presented: Issues in the archaeology of Holocene hunter-gatherers in southernmost Africa


2008 Kenneth Kidd Lecture Series
Anthropology Goes Downtown featured three leading Canadian anthropologists:

Sandra Bamford, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, presented: Images of Consumption: Witchcraft & Enviromentalism in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea

Shiho Satsuka, professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, presented: Mediating Nature: Japanese Tour Guides in the Canadian Rockies

Ann Herring, professor in the Department of Anthropology at McMaster University, presented: Viral panic, vulnerability and the next pandemic

Richard B. Johnston Lecture 2007

The Department of Anthropology’s Richard B. Johnston Lecture was delivered by Dr. Robert McGhee, curator of Arctic Archaeology, Museum of Civilization, Ottawa. Robert McGhee presented: Archaeology, Inuit History, and the Myth of the Aboriginal