The complexity of simplicity: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”


Mar. 1, 2021, 11:30am to 12:30pm

Office/Remote Location



In anthropology and archeology, gatherers-hunters have always been culturally understood as simple. Complexity is measured in materiality, be that in monumentality or transmuted in clay tablets, while simplicity is measured by the absence of such manifestations. This conversation aims to challenge that perception, by pointing out the insightful knowledge of the environment and its resources; the minimalism associated with nomadic life; the efficiency and versatility of toolkits; and the sophistication of social arrangements and communication that lifeway style demanded.


Free of charge

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Department of Anthropology
Liam Frink

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