You Are What You Wear: Personal Adornment and Iconography in the Greater Antilles

Thursday, February 25, 2021
5:00 PM
Online - Zoom
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Department of Social, Cultural and Justice Studies

The Latin American Dialogues Speaker Series is excited to announce an upcoming talk by Dr. A Brooke Persons, a specialist in the archaeology of colonial contact in the Caribbean and Director of the Jeffrey L. Brown Institute of Archaeology right here at UTC. 


This talk will interest folks curious about the symbolic aspects of clothing and adornment, archaeology, indigenous cultures, and the Caribbean region as a whole.


You Are What You Wear: Personal Adornment and Iconography in the Greater Antilles

The presentation will discuss ritual and the role of personal adornment in prehistoric communities in the Greater Antilles, using recent iconographic studies to consider how items of personal adornment may be used to legitimize ritual authority in the prehistoric Caribbean. By comparing iconographic styles within one artifact class, engraved shell plaques, this analysis contributes to a broader discussion of ritual and ceremonial networks and whether such networks linked communities and political leaders throughout the prehistoric Caribbean in the centuries preceding European contact.


The talk will take place on Zoom Thursday, February 25 at 5pm EST. 



To Join:

Zoom ID: 98309321745

Password: mocs              


Don’t hesitate to reach out to Emma McDonell ( or Edward Brudney ( with questions.

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