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18:50 - 20:00 30 January 2012

Institute of Archaeology 75th Anniversary Inaugural Lecture: The Social Impact of Climate Change: An Archaeologist's Perspective


Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6 | Institute of Archaeology (link Map)
31-34 Gordon Square | WC1H 0PY |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Professor Arlene Rosen, Professor of Environmental Archaeology, UCL Institute of Archaeology, Arlene Rosen (PhD University of Chicago) is an environmental archaeologist/anthropologist specializing in human adaptations to climate change in the ancient Near East and China. She has participated in archaeological fieldwork in Central America, North Africa, the Near East, Central Asia, and China. She joined UCL in 2000. Her books include Cities of Clay: The Geoarchaeology of Tells, and Civilizing Climate: Social Responses to Climate Change in the Ancient Near East.

Debates about the impact of recent climate change on human societies have ranged between attitudes of disbelief to environmental catastrophism. A more measured approach considers the long-term record of how societies cycled through phases of greater or lesser vulnerability to abrupt climate change. Arlene Rosen considers key points in the human career such as the impact of climate on agricultural origins, and the disputes about social collapse in the ancient Near East, demonstrating the capacity for resilience and sustainability that characterized many of these past societies, with possible lessons about adapting to global warming in our modern age.


Kelly Trifilo
+44 (0)20 7679 7483 | k.trifilo@ucl.ac.uk


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