Non-CAS Event
Friday, December 15, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Sharp Auditorium, Hamilton Building, Denver Art Museum
100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204

Dr. Rowan Flad, John E. Hudson Professor of Archaeology, Harvard University, shares the findings of his work in Gansu, China on the Tao River Archaeological Project (TRAP), 2012-2017. Tracing the nature of technology and technological change migrating along the routes of the proto Silk Roads, and the changes wrought on the culture and society of the area by the introduction of that technology, Dr Flad discovered a complexity that radically transformed material culture and human lives in Northwest China about 4000 years ago. That transformation laid the groundwork for the Chinese Bronze Age. Reception following talk.

Rowan K. Flad is the John E. Hudson Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. He holds an A.B. from the University of Chicago and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. At Harvard he has served as the Archaeology Program Director, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Department Chair for the Department of Anthropology and the Chair of the Standing Committe on Archaeology, and is an affiliated faculty member of the Inner Asian and Altaic Studies Department. He also serves on the academic board (and was a founding board member) of the Institute for Field Research and serves on the founding board of the Esherick-Ye Family Foundation. His research is focused on the emergence and development of complex society during the late Neolithic period and the Bronze Age in China. This work incorporates interests in diachronic change in production processes and technology, the intersection between ritual activity and production, the role of animals in early Chinese society - particularly their use in sacrifice and divination, and the processes involved in social change in general. He has conducted excavations at a salt production site in the eastern Sichuan Basin, regional archaeological survey in the Chengdu region focusing on prehistoric settlement patterns and social evolution, and currently directs an international collaborative survey and excavation project in the Tao River Valley in Gansu. This project focuses on technological change in various domains and investigates the formation processes of community interaction involved in the development of the Proto-Silk Road. Current research and writing projects focus on several aspects of social complexity including: specialized production and technology, the anthropology of value, mortuary analysis, archaeological landscapes, interregional interaction, cultural transmission, and animal and plant domestication.

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