Climate Change, Food Production, and Societal Collapse

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Climate Change, Food Production, and Societal Collapse

Archaeology provides an ideal tool for examining the long-term dynamic relationship between people and their environment.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
3:00pm-4:30pm
317 Silsby Hall
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Lectures & Seminars

Alexia Smith
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
Unversity of Connecticut

Archaeology provides an ideal tool for examining the long-term dynamic relationship between people and their environment. This talk presents how archaeologists reconstruct ancient methods of food production and climate change, providing examples from sites in Northern Mesopotamia. Lessons learned from studies of ancient agriculture are applied and used to consider issues of sustainability and the role that climate change played in collapse of the Akkadian Empire at the end of the 3rd Millennium B.C.

For more information, contact:
Therese Perin-Deville
603-646-3256

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.