Rock of Ages: Stone Tools — The Pathway to Human Culture

Event Details


Date: November 13 - December 12, 2014

Times: 7 p.m. Gallery Reception

Location: Eide/Dalrymple Gallery

Ticket Info: The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery will present Rock of Ages: Stone Tools – The Pathway to Human Culture Thursday, Nov. 13 - Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. A gallery reception is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14.

A description of the exhibit from Dr. Adrien Hannus:

The exhibit chronicles the  three-million-year history of humans as tool-making and tool-using creatures. Humankind’s journey through time is reflected in ever-evolving stone tool kits, from the heavy cobble choppers of the lower Pleistocene people to the lanceolate spears of Ice Age hunters to the small, but very effective, projectile points of the Plains Indians. The diverse assemblages of stone tools produced by human groups over time display extraordinary functionality as well as astonishing technological ability and a deep sense of artistry.

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

The exhibit is curated by Dr. Hannus in conjunction with the Augustana Museum Studies class.

Dr. Hannus is a professor of anthropology and director of the Archeology Laboratory at Augustana. He has nearly 40 years of archaeological experience, specializing in prehistoric and historic cultural dynamics. His educational background includes a Ph.D. from the University of Utah, with an emphasis in archaeology, and an M.A. in cultural anthropology from Wichita State University. In addition to accomplishing cultural and archaeological fieldwork throughout the Great Plains and Rocky Mountain West, he has collaborated on projects in Egypt, Mexico, France and Great Britain. His teaching and research interests include early human populations in the New World, historic Native American cultures of the Plains and lithic analysis.