Tue, Sep 18, 2018 — 9:36 am
Dr. Jennifer Ramsay (Anthropology) Will Present an Invited Talk for the Archaeological Institute of America in California
On Sunday, February 25, Dr. Jennifer Ramsay will present the Matson AIA lecture on 'Plants, People and Landscapes: An Archaeobotanical Look at the Environment and Its Implications in the Eastern Mediterranean' for the North Coast Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America.
The Mediterranean region is incredibly diverse both culturally and environmentally and has been throughout its history. By analyzing ancient plant remains recovered from several archaeological sites in the eastern Mediterranean such as Petra, Humayma, Caesarea Maritima, Aila and Shivta, questions related to how plants were grown and how they functioned in the local and regional economy are addressed. From these basic questions we can learn how the ancient peoples of the Mediterranean transformed their landscape, dealt with climate change and shaped our modern world. In today’s society plants are definitely not in the forefront of our collective consciousness yet where would we be without them? Through at least the past 10,000 years we have been in a symbiotic relationship with plants, but today most of us don’t even know how to grow them. I will be talking about plants, people and landscapes in the eastern Mediterranean and how what happened there in antiquity has shaped our modern world.