Faculty Support

Carving creativity

"…people are much more seduced by color than by something that's carved. But there's so much to be learned about [carvings]."

"…people are much more seduced by color than by something that's carved. But there's so much to be learned about [carvings]."

Ancient paintings have long intrigued the public and researchers alike.

But early humans also carved images into rocks, an art form UNC anthropologist Silvia Tomášková first studied in 2010 in South Africa, opening up a new endeavor in her field research.

“The engravings, in comparison to the paintings, are very ordinary,” Tomášková said. “They lack color-and people are much more seduced by color than by something that’s carved. But there’s so much to be learned about them.”

Beyond the “why,” Tomášková hopes to discover how the images were made and what the learning process must have been like.

Read the complete Carolina Story…Opens in new window

Silvia Tomášková is a professor of anthropology and chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences. Her work has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Geographic Society.

 

UNC College of Arts & Sciences Funding Priorities

Explore More Stories

Student Support

Walking Together

"I want people to know how incredible this department is..."

Health

A Student Startup For Maternal Health

"We'd consider ourselves successful if we're able to help even a couple of people."

Health

An Investment In People

"This is an opportunity for us to continue our work investing in excellent education for the benefit of the entire state."

Student Support

Where Disciplines Connect,
Leaders Emerge

“In my opinion, Carolina’s PPE program is among the nation’s best because not only do we bring together some of the world’s authorities in each discipline to move scholarship forward, we create an environment for students to thrive and then support them in defining their career paths through internships, assistantships and fellowships.”

Leadership

Savannah Putnam ’19 on being student body president

“I’ve had so many incredible experiences as a Tar Heel, and I know my time as student body president will be one of my most challenging and rewarding endeavors.”

Humanities

Connections To Place And To The Past

Malinda Maynor Lowery has always felt a deep sense of place...