February’s Science Café Cleveland will examine the ancient inhabitants of Ohio from 13,500 years ago.
Metin I. Eren, professor of anthropology at Kent State University, will give a lecture titled “Stone Age Technology & Life in Ohio 13,500 Years Ago.”
The event will be held Monday, Feb. 11, at Music Box Supper Club (1148 Main Ave.). Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with limited menu options available for purchase. The presentation and Q&A session will take place from 7 to 8 p.m.
About the lecture
What was life like in prehistoric Ohio, and how do archaeologists go about finding out? One way is called “experimental archaeology,” in which the lives of ancient peoples are recreated based on the artifacts that are excavated. When ancient items such as flint arrowheads are found, researchers make replicas and use them to test how they work and might have been used.
Eren is an expert maker of stone tools using the method of “flintknapping,” which involves the flaking and chipping of rocks that break like glass, a skill he will demonstrate at the lecture.
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