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Catalhoyuk: The Bioarchaeology & Early Farming Society in Transition

October 23, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

A University Lecture by Professor Clark Larsen, The Ohio State University

Bioarchaeology, the study of human remains from archaeological contexts, provides a window onto past societies, including health, lifestyle, diet and nutritional inference, and intra- and inter-population social and biological relationships. Çatalhöyük (7100-5950 BC) in south-central Turkey is among the largest Neolithic settlements in the world—perhaps the first “city”—and provides a comprehensive setting for documenting and interpreting living circumstances in a highly dynamic period of Holocene prehistory. This University Lecture provides an overview of the study of ancient remains in order to reconstruct and interpret patterns of living conditions and what life was like in this large, agglomerated community. Dr. Larsen addresses the question: What were the implications for health, lifestyle, and living conditions generally for the people living in this setting? He discusses the record based on a comprehensive analysis of biogeochemistry, demography, biodistance, biomechanics, growth and development, and paleopathology. The record presents a picture of changing living conditions, population increase, and eventually, decline and abandonment.



October 23, 2017
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium
816 State Street
Madison, WI


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