Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Tozzer 203, Tozzer Anthropology Bldg., 21 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

Jomon Food Diversity, Climate Change and Long-term Sustainability: Lessons from Prehistoric Japan

Junko Habu, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, presents as part of the Harvard Archaeology Seminar Series.

Archaeologists have long been interested in the study of long-term social change. Factors that involve specialization and centralization have been proposed as prime movers for the “development” of human societies. Contrary to these interpretations, I propose a hypothesis that diversity and decentralization may be critical for maintaining long-term sustainability of human societies. Using a case study from the Early and Middle Jomon periods (ca. 4000-2400 BC) of prehistoric Japan, this presentation emphasizes the importance of framing recent and current global environmental problems in the context of the greater human experiences.

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Angeline Della Fera

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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