Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Bioarchaeology of Complexity in Prehistoric Southeast Asia, An Overview

Dr. Chin-hsin Liu, Professor, California State University, Northridge

Morphological and chemical signatures found in human skeletons can tell us about how an individual interact with its biological and social environments from before birth to death. From the late Neolithic to early Protohistoric period (~1800 B.C.-A.D. 500) in Southeast Asia, people’s lives were intertwined with a series of social and landscape changes. In this talk, Dr. Liu will provide an overview (with a focus on Thailand) of what human skeletal remains have revealed about people’s lifeway and foodway in the context of social complexity. As she has just returned from the field in Thailand and the Philippines this summer, she will also update us with the latest developments from the field.

Dr. Chin-hsin Liu is an assistant professor in anthropology at California State University Northridge. She is a bioarchaeologist specialized in human osteology and stable isotope analysis. In the past few years, her focus has been on the human biological change of the Metal Age people in central Thailand in relation to social complexity change. Using skeletal pathology and bone chemistry as key methods to extract biological information from human skeletal remains, she is interested in the interaction between human lifeways and their physical and social environments. As Dr. Liu continue this line of research, she seeks to expand the geographic and research foci to other parts of East and Southeast Asia.
Meeting Place
Second Tuesday of every month (no meetings in July and August) at 7:00 pm
Chumash Indian Museum
3290 Lang Ranch Pkwy Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Ventura County Archeological Society (VCAS)
P.O. Box 4172
Thousand Oaks, CA 91359

  The VCAS/Ventura County Archaeological Society was established in 1972 when concerned Ventura County citizens as well as local professional and avocational archaeologists saw a need to organize, study and preserve our County's rich prehistoric heritage.

  The Society has been instrumental in the implementation of research and preservation goals aimed at our local archaeological resources.  With an eye towards the future the Society has a collections and archival curation program, site recordation and monitoring program, and a continuing education program.

101 freeway take Westlake Blvd exit, go to North Westlake Blvd 4 miles to Lang Ranch Pkwy, turn right. Museum is on right hand side
VCAS September Program