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Department of
Anthropology and Classical Studies
Olin Hall 237
Akron, OH 44325-1910

August 25 - December 14 
Monday -Friday 
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Phone: 330-972-7875 
Fax: 330-972-2338 

 Anthropology and Classical Studies Links

Latest News from Dr. Timothy Matney's Archaeological Team

UA-led team says ancient bookkeeping system survived well after writing invented

An archaeological dig in Turkey directed by Timothy Matney, professor of anthropology and classical studies, has found evidence that an ancient form of bookkeeping employing small clay tokens (pictured above) continued to be used at least 2,000 years after the advent of writing.

The analysis, based on artifacts excavated over 17 summers at the Ziyaret Tepe site in southeastern Turkey, contradicts scientists' earlier conclusion that the tokens quickly faded from use as humans began using reeds to make inscriptions on clay tablets.

Matney has directed the Ziyaret Tepe Archaeological Expedition since it began in 1997. His international team of collaborators includes researchers from England, Germany and Turkey.

A report on their finding appears in the June 2014 issue of the Cambridge Archaeological Journal. Story continues online.

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The Department of Anthropology and Classical Studies

...offers students the opportunity to explore the full scope of human adaptations; from our earliest hominid ancestors, to the urban societies of the modern world. 

Anthropology includes both a cultural and a physical component. Cultural anthropology examines the role of culture in shaping the lives of people from every corner of the world, and in every walk of life. Physical anthropology focuses on early human evolution and the adaptations leading to anatomically modern people.

Classical Studies draws from a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary perspectives to explore the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, and their relationship to our own.

Archaeology studies past cultures and how ancient peoples used material culture to adapt to their natural and social environments. Together, these fields provide the student with a broad and compelling perspective on who we are, and how we shaped our contemporary world.

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