Visiting researcher studies pastoral nomadic societies
By: Elizabeth Klarich
Beginning Fall 2008, Michael Frachetti (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2004) joins the Cotsen Institute as a visiting researcher. Michael is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis and the main focus of his research is on the dynamic strategies of pastoral nomadic societies living in the steppe region, mountains, and deserts of Central and Eastern Eurasia during the Bronze Age (circa 3500–1000 BC). For more information on Michael’s research in Eastern Kazakhstan, you can read his contribution in The Archaeology of Mobility: Old World and New World Nomadism, edited by Hans Barnard and Willeke Wendrich, and published by the Publications Unit of the Cotsen Institute in the Cotsen Advanced Seminar Series (volume 4, 2008).