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University of Illinois

Professor of Anthropology
University of Illinois

Professor At the Department of Anthropology
University of Illinois

Professor of Anthropology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Faculty Member
University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

Expert On the Paleolithic Period and Peoples
Old World

The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College



City University of New York

Political Science
Hunter College

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University of Illinois archaeologist Olga Soffer, who has worked at Mezirich, estimates that one of these dwellings (reconstructed at the American Museum of Natural History) would have taken 10 people 5 days to build.

The Harmony Museum - Harmony, Pennsylvania

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More recent research -- by Adovasio, Invisible Sex co-author and University of Illinois anthropology professor Olga Soffer and others -- demonstrates a much different reality.

Adovasio and Soffer, among the world's leading experts on perishable artifacts such as basketry, cordage and weaving, present an exciting new look at prehistory in The Invisible Sex.

Olga Soffer, professor at ...

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Olga Soffer, professor at the Department of Anthropology of the University of Illinois in the United States, says that the Dmanisi project is "the most important palaeoanthropological research project around today ...

Women Have Played Major Role In History

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The authors are archaeologists J.M. Adovasio, the founder and director of the Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute; Olga Soffer, a professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Jake Page, a freelance writer.

Adovasio is an expert on perishable prehistoric artifacts; Soffer is an expert on the Paleolithic Period and peoples of the Old World.
In 1998, Adovasio and Soffer began their scrutiny of the Venuses, and found that what others saw as braided hair on the Venus of Willendorf, for example, actually was an exquisitely carved hat, constructed similarly to many American Indian baskets today.
So precise is the carving that "it is not unreasonable to think that, among the functions involved in this Upper Paleolithic masterpiece, it served as a blueprint or instruction manual showing weavers how to make such hats."
Adovasio and Soffer also discovered that other Venuses wore carved woven hats and also bandeaus, belts and string skirts - items far too flimsy for daily wear.

Science & Technology at Scientific American.com: Stone Age Twins Discovered Buried Under Mammoth's Shoulder Blade

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The infant burials were similar to those for Gravettian adults, whose remains often include mammoth bones and jewelry, says anthropologist Olga Soffer of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign."What is unusual is the extreme youth of these," she says."Dead kids are few and far between, and the younger you get the fewer there are."The effort taken to bury and decorate the remains implies the infants or their families were held in high esteem, she notes.

Studying the Austrian infants or any DNA extracted from them may contribute to the debate over whether or not humans and Neandertals exchanged DNA, Soffer says.In recent weeks researchers have presented evidence that humans and Neandertals interbred when humans left Africa 30,000-40,000 years ago.Human skeletons found in Romania seem to show certain Neandertal traits, for example.The new remains could be examined for similar features, Soffer observes."It will always be a little problematic because they're not mature, but it will be an important point of reference," she says."There's lots and lots of exciting potential here."-- JR Minkel

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