Thoughts Take Shape: Refiguring Stone Tool Practices in Early Eastern North America

Event date: Thursday, February 16, 2017, at 4:00 PM
Location: VC102, Old Vic


Thoughts Take Shape; Amy Fox

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Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 4:00pm
Amy Fox, NFC Doctoral Fellow
Northrop Frye Centre (VC102), Old Victoria College Building
(91 Charles Street West)

From expensive crafting workshops to viral “lifehacking” videos online, people create, employ, and share information about tools and tool use in patterns that are structured by cultural preconceptions about the objects and the intended audience. Amy Fox's archaeological research focuses on stone “broad-tool” during the Late Archaic Period in Eastern North America (4000-3000BCE).  She examines the technological information used to experience and exploit tools, their uses, and how these objects express cultural ideas.

This seminar argues that restructuring the descriptive techniques currently used to classify and understand stone tool collections will reform the role that projectile broad-tools play as cultural explanatory objects. Exploring novel methods of shape analysis using large data-sets that take advantage of growing computer processing abilities deftly and productively manages this issue. From this modified foundation, Amy investigates patterned expressions of technological information sharing in pre-contact North America. 

Amy Fox is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology. Her dissertation uses the archaeological production of stone tools to study information sharing and technological co-option in pre-contact Northeastern North America.  Amy works to create an accessible, inclusive archaeological community through public engagement and collaborative partnerships with The Archaeology Centre at UofT and The ArchaeoWiki Project.


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