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Wednesday
January 26, 2011
7:00-8:30 PM

Schlafly Bottleworks, Maplewood, MO

Discovering the Roots of Civilization Using GIS and Remote Sensing

Michael Frachetti, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Director of the Spatial Analysis, Interpretation, and Exploration (SAIE) Laboratory

Moderated by: Cynthia Wichelman, M.D.


Much of world history has been explained through the growth of regional civilizations, such as the Sumerians, Chinese, Persians and others. Recent archaeology in Central Asia and the Eurasian Steppe, however, is illustrating that many of the important innovations that underpin social, political, and economic transformation of prehistoric (and historic) societies were influenced and facilitated by nomadic pastoralists living far beyond the traditionally conceived “cradles” of civilization. In this lecture, we will explore some of the earliest developments of catalytic technologies and the growth of some of humanity's earliest “global” economic networks, and discuss how loosely tied interactions had formative effects on the course of human history.

Michael Frachetti has worked with nomadic societies, including the Sami in Arctic Finland and Berbers and Tuareg in North Africa. For more than a decade his research has focused on the prehistory and history of mobile pastoralist societies of Central Eurasia, notably in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Western China. He is the author of a recent book, Pastoralist Landscapes and Social Interaction in Bronze Age Eurasia (UC Press, 2008).

See also: www.saie.wustl.edu

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Science On Tap is a place where, for the price of a beverage, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place outside a traditional academic context, in the Crown Room at Schlafly Bottleworks.


Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month during the academic year, usually from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. The standard format is as follows: 20 minutes of presentation, followed by a 7 minute break for attendees to introduce themselves to each other at the table, and then an hour of discussion. Seating is limited to the first 100 people.  No reservations accepted.

Crown Room at the Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave.
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 241-2337

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