Bob Patten

MisCon 30 Attending Professional

After Bob Patten retired from the topographic mapping Division of the U.S. Geologic Survey, he wrote three books about how the ancient craft of flintknapping was used to survive and flourish in every environment. He has appeared twice on Nova to demonstrate the creation of stone weaponry used to hunt mammoth and bison over ten thousand years ago.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Use of Ancient Technology, Montana Boardroom
    Panelists: Bob Patten

    A discussion of how people interact with their landscape and the use of ancient technology.

  • panel Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM, The Treasured Past, Montana Boardroom
    Panelists: Bob Patten, Corey Ragsdale

    The past has captured the imaginations of countless people and has inspired films, legends, and stories. Why do relics from the past captivate us and how do we know what we know about them? Can we rely on archaeologists and other scientists to be accurate? Or is the holy relic we treasure just an ancient form of toilet paper roll?

  • Break Sat 6:50 - Mon 10:00
  • panel Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Whirlygigs and Whatchamacallits, Madison
    Moderator: David Boop; Panelists: Larry Bonham, David Boop, Andrea Howe, Bob Patten

    How is technology used in stories? How can you, without a mechanical engineering degree, sound like you know what you're talking about? Are technological systems something you need to develop like you would a magic system? In this panel let's talk about all kinds of technology (contemporary, ancient, and steampunk, to name a few).

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