John Martson, "Agricultural Sustainability and Cultural Resilience in the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean"

Starts:
1:00 pm on Friday, October 12, 2012
Ends:
2:30 pm on Friday, October 12, 2012
Location:
Anthropology Seminar Room, 232 BSR #102
Lecture by John Marston, Assistant Professor of Arcaheology Identifying how people choose agricultural strategies and the ways in which those interact with local ecosystems is critical to understanding why some agricultural systems flourish over hundreds or thousands of years while others lead to environmental degradation and societal collapse. Archaeological data offer a unique long-term perspective on the sustainability of agriculture and how that contributes to environmental stability and cultural resilience in a given area. In this talk, I reconstruct agricultural strategies and environmental change from archaeological remains, apply those methods to an ancient urban center in central Turkey that was occupied for more than 2,000 years, and explore the broader implications of this approach for future work in the Eastern Mediterranean that links findings from the past with implications for present and future agricultural and environmental sustainability in this arid region. Light lunch provided RSVP to palmerm@bu.edu