Climate Change and the Origins of Agriculture in Western Asia: A Story of Risk, Resilience, and Sustainable Foraging During Cycles of Wet and Dry Conditions

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Date(s) - 04/04/18
7:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Location
Oriental Institute

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Oriental Institute


Wed, April 4, 2018 7:00 PM – 8:45 PM

The Oriental Institute Lecture Series organized by the University of Chicago brings notable scholars from around the country and abroad as they present on new breakthroughs, unique perspectives, and innovative research applications related to the Ancient Middle East.

THE BRAIDWOOD VISITING SCHOLAR LECTURE: Climate Change and the Origins of Agriculture in Western Asia: A Story of Risk, Resilience, and Sustainable Foraging During Cycles of Wet and Dry Conditions

Presented by Arlene M. Rosen, Aprofessor of Anthropology, Director of the Environmental Archaeology Laboratory, University of Texas at Austin

Cold/dry climatic forcing is often cited as a direct cause of the origins of agriculture in western Asia. However, this does not fit with the lack of evidence for cultivation in the Natufian period. Microbotanical analyses suggest late Pleistocene foragers were resilient risk-adverse foragers during cold/dry episodes, allowing the continuity of forager lifeways. Foragers only took risks with collection and low-level cultivation of a smaller range of productive plant resources such as wild cereals during times of warm/wet, stable climates.

6:30-7:00 p.m. Pre Lecture Tour/Registration
7:00-8:00 p.m. Presentation and discussion
8:00-8:45 p.m. Reception

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