Dr. Jo Anne Van Tilburg presents 'Easter Island Statues: High Costs, Deep Meanings and the Human Condition'

2018-2019 Department of Art History Speaker Series

Date & Time:

Friday, April 5, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location:

O'Shaughnessy Educational Center (OEC) Auditorium

Jo Anne Van Tilburg was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, graduated from the University of Minnesota, and holds a M.Ed. and Ph.D. in archaeology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the director of the UCLA Rock Art Archive (1997 to the present). She has served two appointed terms on the U.S. National Park System Advisory Board Landmarks Committee and, in 2001, received the California Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation for rock art research at Little Lake Ranch, Rose Valley, Inyo County, California. The resultant publication is Rock Art at Little Lake: An Ancient Crossroads in the California Desert (Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, 2014). 

Her research interests are the structural analysis of chiefdoms, the integration of symbolism and structure and the interactive cultural roles of art, history, and ecology in island societies.  

Easter Island Statues: High Costs, Deep Meanings and the Human Condition

The cultural image created by the proliferation of the monolithic statues of Easter Island does not equate with the organization of the ancient society that created them. This presentation suggests that religious beliefs created critical issues influencing human adaptation on an isolated island.

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