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CCU ethno-archaeologist gives talk on child sacrifice

September 7, 2010

Sharon Moses, an ethno-archaeologist on the Coastal Carolina University faculty, will give a talk titled Babys Breath to Gods Ears: Child Sacrifice in the Ancient World at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

The talk, sponsored by the Waccamaw Chapter of the Archaeological Society of South Carolina, will be held in the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration building, Room 225, on the CCU campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Moses presentation is based on research she has conducted on child sacrifice in ancient times. Her studies have taken her to the site of a Neolithic settlement in Turkey, believed to be a cult site, where she examined childrens in-house burials and sacred spaces. Her research encompasses a range of ethno-archeological topics: the symbolism of ancient rituals life, identity formation, the details of childrens material culture and the ethnography of descendent communities.

Moses has also worked on sites in Greece, Mesoamerica and Maine. She was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship for her research using non-Western models of interpretation.

Moses earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from Cornell University, masters degrees from Cornell University and the University of Montana, and a bachelors degree from the University of Montana.

The talk is co-sponsored by the CCU Center for Archaeology and Anthropology. For more information, contact Cheryl Ward, director of the Center, at 843-349-6657; or visit