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Special Lecture: Neolithic Egypt

by klarich — last modified April 21, 2009 01:18 PM
What Special Lecture
When May 04, 2009
from 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Where Cotsen Seminar Room (Fowler A222)
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Mobility in Neolithic Egypt: Stone Artefact Use and Occupation Intensity

Rebecca Phillipps, Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland

The Neolithic period in Egypt marks the beginning of significant socio-economic changes that preceded state formation. Changes in mobility are often considered to have accompanied these socio-economic shifts.  It is assumed that desert occupation was relatively mobile and Nile Valley occupation was more sedentary but direct measures of the degree of mobility have until recently been lacking. This research uses a new technique to quantify artifact presence and absence as a proxy for human movement. Mobility is compared between in three distinct environmental regions in Egypt dating to the Neolithic. Differences in the degree to which artifacts moved out of these regions are used to discuss the degree of mobility evidenced in these locations.

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