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Adztangled: Rapa Nui's (Easter Island) toki technocomplex

Entangled: The relationship between humans and things A Masterclass with Professor Ian Hodder Thursday, March 27, 2014 University of Queensland
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Dale Simpson Jr.

on 1 May 2014

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Transcript of Adztangled: Rapa Nui's (Easter Island) toki technocomplex

Adztangled
Benefit of analysing adze entanglement
"There is also the need to deal with the impermanence of things" (Hodder 2011:116)

Rapa Nui Toki Technocomplex
'Age of Adze' and Global Entanglement
Hard basalt things with LONG shelf lives, found in museums and collections thought the world
Hard evidence for Pacific enganglement of behavioural chains and chaînes opératoires, interaction, movement of resources, people and "things"
Genetic artifact which makes investigation, classification, and analyses easier
(Buck et al. 1930)
(Collerson & Weisler 2007)
Dale F. Simpson Jr.
Ph.D. Candidate/Centennial Scholar/Outreach Facilitator/
Anthropology Museum Docent - University of Queensland -
Humanities and Social Science (Archaeology)

Instructor - College of DuPage - Department of Anthropology

Entangled: The relationship between humans and things: A Masterclass with Professor Ian Hodder
University of Queensland 2014

(Simpson 2010; Simpson and Paoa 2012)
Chaînes opératoires, behavior chains & artifact life histories
Volcanic Source
Pre-form extraction
Grinding
Lashing
Lithic reduction
Discard

Distribution
Collection
Use/Curation
(Simpson 2014; Simpson et al. in prep)
Quarries
Archaeological
material
Toki
Entanglement
Forest
Resource
Extraction/Slash & Burn/ Collapse
Material Culture
Monumental
Architecture
Canoe Construction
Lashing
Tattoo
Structures
(Mead 1971)
Moai miro & wood carvings
Rongorongo
Hare Paenga/Nui
Restoring Ahu Ature Huki (Heyerdahl et al. 1961)
Ahu, moai and hare paenga
Lashing
Hawaiian Double Hauled Canoe
Polynesian Voyaging Society
Hauling out canoe
Vaka Taumako Project
Adze, boat,
material culture
entanglment
Lashing
Pacific use of adzes

Polynesian

Easter Island

South America

World - Collections/Collectors/Academics/Public
Souring Rapa Nui and the entanglement of Academica
Geologist
Archaeologist
Anthropologist
Theorist
Spatial Analyst
Experimentalist
Educator
Quantitative analysis/geometrics
Lithic D.N.A. = G.N.A.
Raising moai
Easter Island Statue Project
Form
'[Adzes] in their dependence on other things
draw things, people, together' (Latour 2005).
Design
'[S]ome cultural variants persist and spread because their bearers to be more likely to survive and be imitated' (Richerson and Boyd 2005:238)
Maori tattoo chisel 1890
Pacific ink and art show 2013
Rapa Nui Toki Technocomplex
Rapa Nui
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