Subject: Change of speaker: Speaker Series - Julia Clark - May 24th 5:30 PM, Natsagdorj library

ACMS Speaker Series
Mongolia’s “Neolithic Revolution”
Due to a family emergency, Jade Richards will not be able to present tonight, though we look forward to hearing from her in the future. In her place, Dr. Julia Clark will be giving a presentation on her recent archaeological research. We hope to see you there.

Speaker: Julia Clark
5:30 PM, Tuesday - May 24th, 2016, American Corner, Ulaanbaatar public library

Today, Mongolia is well known for its traditional herding culture and nomadic lifestyle. However, before there were herders watching over their flocks, egalitarian hunters and gatherers occupied the region for tens of thousands of years. Herding may seem like the most obvious choice today, but that was not always the case. The “revolution” likely lasted for hundreds if not thousands of years. How and why herding became the predominant economic form, and how it impacted other social and political developments in Mongolia is not well understood. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, this research aims to understand the transition from hunting and gathering to herding using a variety of methods that include archaeological excavation, pedestrian survey, experimental archaeology, ethnography, climatology, geophysics, paleobotany, and zooarchaeology. This is used not merely to understand and tell a story about Mongolia’s past, but to explore the ways that this case can be used to explore economic transitions, adaptation to climate, environmental change, and resource use.

Co-Sponsored by the American Cultural and Information Center, Ulaanbaatar
About the Presenter

  About the Speaker: Julia Clark

Dr. Julia Clark is the Director of the Northern Mongolia Archaeology Project and the Cultural Heritage Coordinator for the American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS). She has been conducting fieldwork in Mongolia annually for 10 years. Her current field project is in the Darkhad Depression in Huvsgul Aimag, and brings together Mongolian archaeologists and students with foreign researchers and students.

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Thank you to the American Corner and the Natsagdorj Library for sponsoring this event.


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