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Cotsen Friday Seminar Series: If Animals Could Only Talk

by Evangeline last modified April 26, 2012 04:38 PM

If Animals Could Only Talk: Rethinking Food Provisioning in Complex Societies and Urban Centers Professor Levent Atici, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

What Cotsen Advanced Seminar
When May 18, 2012
from 04:00 pm to 06:00 pm
Where A222 Fowler
Contact Name Hannah Lau
Contact Email
Contact Phone 310-825-4169
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Atici will probe whether there is a correlation between patterns of sociopolitical organization and of animal exploitation using archaeofaunal assemblages from Kültepe/Kanesh, capital of the Assyrian Trading Colonies in Anatolia during the Middle Bronze Age (ca. 2000-1750 BC). A large corpus of cuneiform tablets written in an Old Assyrian dialect unearthed at the celebrated Kültepe/Kanesh provide direct evidence for many aspects of life including animal food consumption patterns during the Middle Bronze Age in central Anatolia. Hence, Kültepe/Kanesh provides us with a unique opportunity to investigate and test the relationships between textual and archaeological evidence. Given that various socioeconomic aspects of the Bronze Age societies have been studied from the perspective of archaeology and philology, a zooarchaeological approach with specific reference to food acquisition, production, consumption, and redistribution techniques at Kültepe/Kanesh can provide fresh insights into life during the Middle Bronze Age. I also seek to test assumptions about urban food provisioning strategies and to answer whether there is such a phenomenon as a “typical” urban faunal assemblage.


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Co-sponsored with the UCLA G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies


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