Stamp Seals in Second Life

At Çatalhöyük we (not me, I’m not that lucky!) find a class of artifacts called “stamp seals.”  These stamp seals are on the small side and are made out of clay, and it’s been speculated that they are used on skin or on cloth.  I recently scanned some of John Swogger’s reconstructions of what the impressions of these stamp seals were like, and after some photoshop wizardry, made an initial foray into my career as a Neolithic fashion designer.  My first attempt is a homage to Swogger’s leopard print “tube top,” using a swirl pattern and my very limited Second Life seamstressing skills.  This was also inspired by Olga Soffer’s talk of the bandeaus of the Paleolithic goddess figurines.


The cloth in the background is another stamp seal, three wavy lines that I’ve repeated.  This young (and rather blessed) woman is one of my first attempts at a character for the upcoming machinima.  Any name suggestions?

It is difficult to find Second Life skins and body shapes that aren’t completely gorgeous.  So far I’ve found one older man, but no older women.  And I don’t even want to talk about trying to find children to populate the Neolithic. brrrrr.

Author: colleenmorgan

Dr. Colleen Morgan (ORCID 0000-0001-6907-5535) is the Lecturer in Digital Archaeology and Heritage in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York. She conducts research on digital media and archaeology, with a special focus on embodiment, avatars, genetics and bioarchaeology. She is interested in building archaeological narratives with emerging technology, including photography, video, mobile and locative devices. Through archaeological making she explores past lifeways and our current understanding of heritage, especially regarding issues of authority, authenticity, and identity.

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