The Story of Human Migration: Your Life in a Tooth

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Migration Studies


Every family has a migration story, whether it is from two years ago or two hundred. Archaeologists – who use chemistry as well as trowels – have discovered that ancient teeth tell the same story: migration has existed in every culture across the globe and is a key part of what makes us human. Carolyn Freiwald is an archaeologist who studies ancient migration across the Americas, from Maya kings and queens, to buccaneers off the coast of Belize and rural farmers in Mississippi. Proud to be the granddaughter of German immigrants, she also is a ‘mover’ between Wisconsin, Mississippi, and Latin America every year. She is an associated professor in the department of sociology and anthropology and was awarded the College of Liberal Arts New Scholar Award in 2019 and traveled to Japan, Canada, France, and Belize in 2019 to share what stories from the past can teach us about people, why they move, and what migration means today. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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