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"Holes in the Head: Violence and Skull Surgery in Ancient Bolivia" Lecture by Sarah Juengst

Juengst is an assistant professor of anthropology at UNCC. She specializes in bioarchaeology and Andean archaeology. She has conducted research in Bolivia and Peru and plans to begin a project in Ecuador in Summer 2017. She has also worked locally, assisting with field projects in the Southeastern United States when possible. Juengst is particularly interested in using human skeletal remains to investigates people’s identities and social structures in the past. She has also worked with human remains to evaluate past medical practices (trepanation or skull surgery) and violence levels within past Andean populations. 

As a bioarchaeologist, Sara Juengst examines skeletons excavated from archaeological contexts in order to investigate past lifeways, considering topics such as power, food, community, and violence. Violent interactions resulting in major skeletal injury were common in the pre-Hispanic Andes, caused by shifting political power, resource scarcity, and community conflicts. However, ancient Andeans also practiced skull surgery, or trepanation, as a cure for many of these injuries. In this talk, Juengst will present cases from pre-Hispanic Bolivia to look at moments of violence in the past, how past peoples took care of their injured, and how skeletons help tell those stories.

Event is free and open to the public.


Sloan Music Center Tyler-Tallman Recital Hall

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