The Kura Araxes Culture in Regional Context with Special Reference to Shengavit
Professor Mitchell Rothman, Widener University (USA)
July 6, 2010
Talk will be given at CRRC, 52 Abovyan, 3rd floor
The Kura Araxes Culture is a unique culture of the 4th and early 3rd millennia BC in the Transcaucasian area. Originally thought to be a minor village culture, it is now clear that it was part of an ancient globalization stretching from the Persian Gulf to the plains of the North Caucasus opening into eastern Europe and western China. Peoples from the Transcaucasus migrated into the Taurus and Zagros Mountains all the way to the north Jordan valley of modern Israel in the early 3rd millennium creating a unique blending of cultures. This illustrated talk speaks of the nature of this culture and work of an Armenian-American team under the leadership of Hakop Simonyan at Shengavit.
Dr. Mitchell Rothman is a Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at Widener University in Pennsylvania and a consulting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Beginning in 1974 he has been doing archaeology in the greater Middle East, first in Iran then Turkey, and now Armenia and has analyzed material from Iraq. His interest is in the development of cultures in the 4th and 3rd millennia BC. His publications include books on the theory of cultural evolution, Tepe Gawra Iraq, Godin Tepe, Iran, and the Uruk Culture of Mesopotamia. His interest in the Kura Araks Culture began while surveying in Mus by Lake Van.
This talk is co-sponsored by the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) and the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC).
c/o Professor Adam T. Smith
Department of Anthropology
University of Chicago
1126 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637 Visit the website at http://www.arisc.org
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