Michael Frachetti, Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, Washington University, St. Louis
“Bronze Age Inhabitation, Mobility, and Displacement among the first farming herders of highland Inner Asia: case studies from Eastern Kazakhstan”
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 at 5 p.m. (note new time)
Stanford Archaeology Center, Bldg. 500, 488 Escondido Mall (behind the Main Quad’s Memorial Church, towards the clock tower)
The discovery of the earliest known domestic grains and the first evidence for the integration of farming, recently documented at multi-period campsites built by nomadic pastoralists over 4000 years, was found by the Dzhungar Mountains Archaeology project in eastern Kazakhstan. These discoveries allow us to revise our understanding of Bronze Age economic strategies across Eurasia, indicating inter-regional engagement and participation.
Michael Frachetti’s research focuses on the dynamic strategies of nomadic societies living in the steppes, mountains, and deserts of Central and Eastern Eurasia, from prehistory to more recent times. He is author of Pastoralist Landscapes and Social interaction in Bronze Age Eurasia (UC Press, 2008).
Co-sponsored by the Silk Road Foundation, Archaeology Center, and Stanford Humanities Center