Annual Colloquium - 2009
Caution: Women at Work
Professor Emerita of Archaeology and Linguistics ; Occidental College
Elizabeth J. Wayland Barber is Professor Emerita of Archaeology and Linguistics at Occidental College in Los Angeles and a research associate at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA. She received a bachelor's degree from Bryn Mawr College in Archaeology and Greek and a PhD from Yale University in Linguistics. In addition to numerous articles in the fields of archaeology, linguistics and Classics, Barber has authored several books: Archaeological Decipherment (Princeton, 1974), Prehistoric Textiles (Princeton, 1991), Women's Work--The First 20,000 Years (Norton, 1994), The Mummies of Urumchi (Norton, 1999), and When They Severed Earth from Sky: How the Human Mind Shapes Myth (Princeton, 2005). Her research interests include the interfaces between archaeology and linguistics, the origin and development of textiles and costume in western Eurasia, and cognitive archaeology (archaeology of brain and language; evolution of myth, ritual, dance, writing, dress, and other modes of transmitting information). She began dancing as a child and has directed and choreographed for her own folk and historical dance troupe for the last 38 years.