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Examining the Human in Human-Animal Relationships: Towards a Bioarchaeology of Eurasian Pastoralism

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, May 26, 2015. 05:15 PM - 06:15 PM
Meeting Location: 
Stanford Archaeology Center, Room 101
Meeting Description: 

Over the last three decades, bioarchaeology has advanced our understanding of human diet, health, and demography at the origins of agriculture. However, similar work on the origins of pastoralism, an iconic lifeway of the Eurasian steppe, is still in its infancy. This talk by Elizabeth Berger will review the contributions bioarchaeology can make to understanding ancient human exploitation of animal resources. She will also present some initial findings of her dissertation research on the skeletal remains of early pastoralists from the Bronze Age of Northwest China.

About the speaker:

Elizabeth Berger is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research in the fields of paleopathology and paleodemography focuses on human-environment interaction and human ecology in ancient North China.

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