Anthropology Brown Bag Series, "Ancient Forests and Dearly Departed Ships (or, How to Summon Answers from Dead Wood)"

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Department of Anthropology 
Spring 2017 Brown Bag Series

Ancient Forests and Dearly Departed Ships (or, How to Summon Answers from Dead Wood)

Dr. Sara Rich
Department of Art
Appalachian State University

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Anne Belk Hall, Room 116

As architectural objects, wooden ships and boats are essentially forests that have been refashioned to move across water. Demanding answers from this fundamentally shared material -- wood -- means that researchers can peer into the remote lives of ships and, if we can think of shipwrecks as dead ships, into their afterlives too. Drawing from scientific, philosophical, and artistic processes, this talk will present methods developed in the East Mediterranean and North Atlantic for interrogating the inanimate but knowledgeable entities of shipwrecks, forest landscapes, and soggy old bits of wood. 

Department of Anthropology
Contact name: 
Sara Rich
Contact email:
Contact telephone: 
(828) 262-8209
Anne Belk Hall, Room 116
Free and Open to the Public

Please consider donating to the Department by selecting "Other" and designating your gift for one of the following funds:

Anthropology Speaker Series
Anthropology Loucks Fund
Anthropology Weller Fund 
Anthropology Keefe Fund
Anthropology Foundation 

Your gift is appreciated and allows us to achieve even greater success with our amazing students! 

Physical Location

The Department of Anthropology is located in Anne Belk Hall. The administrative office is located in Room 342 and all of the faculty offices, classrooms, and labs are located on the 3rd floor.

QEP Global Learning