Science Symposium 2023

2023 Science Symposium graphic

Science in Archaeology: Using Natural Science to Uncover the Human Past

March 28 - 30, 2023

This year’s science symposium highlights the collaborative relationship between the natural sciences and the study of the human past. It showcases how the coupling of archaeology with geology, genetics, botany, and osteology provides insights into the history of human culture. Our speakers will show the delicate balance between questions typically asked in the humanities or social sciences with methods derived from the hard sciences. Modeling this interdisciplinary balance is critical for students as they learn to handle the vast spectrum of information, and the insights from this collaboration can enhance our understanding of both the ancient world and our current one.

The symposium also offers Mr. Darwin's Tree, a one-man play exploring the life and work of Charles Darwin within the contexts of science, faith, and family.

All sessions are free and open to the public.


Symposium theme artwork by Christina Carper (Wheaton College '24)
Other photo credits: Cornell Tree Ring Laboratory, John Marston