The archaeological time machine

On 29 November 2016, prof. dr hab. Jan Chochorowski from the JU Archaeology Institute delivered a lecture entitled "The archaeological time machine” at the JU Collegium Maius Museum.
Wishing to learn about the distant past, the archaeologist needs to activate a time machine of sorts, taking him/her back to remote times. Such a machine is excavations and their finds: things/objects made of stone, metal, wood or bone lying underground, sometimes underwater, abandoned in the ruins of settlements, placed next to deceased ones in their graves, hidden from thieves under stones or given to deities as sacrificial offerings. What fuel must archaeologists use to start such a machine and travel a distance of millions of years where the mankind was unable to write down its history as it painstakingly climbed up the successive stages of civilisational development gradually learning about the surrounding nature and how to use the natural resources? How to obtain information from archaeological finds – things, real as they are material, yet completely mute witnesses to the past? Such fuel is the archaeologist's scientific toolkit, and this is what the lecture was about: ways to restore memory of prehistoric ancestors.

Excavated items presented during the lecture The archaeological time machine

Excavated items presented during the lecture “The archaeological time machine”

Prof. dr hab. Jan Chochorowski from the JU Institute of Archaeology showing various excavated items to the lecture attendees

Prof. dr hab. Jan Chochorowski from the JU Institute of Archaeology showing various excavated items to the lecture attendees