Seeds of Discovery: Archaeobotany and Ancient Mesopotamia
Dr. Alexia Smith, Anthropology, UConn
Dr. Philip Graham, Anthropology, UConn
1 pm to 3 pm
UConn, Storrs Campus
Advance registration required: $25 ($20 for Museum members)
Adults and children ages 8 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Ancient Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization, witnessed the growth of the world’s earliest cities, empires, and written language. The rich culture of the Mesopotamians cultivated advancements in literature, philosophy, science and technology, shaping the very beginnings of human civilization. Yet, over time, the fledging empires of Mesopotamia collapsed, shifting the centers of power and culture elsewhere.
Join Dr. Alexia Smith and Dr. Philip Graham from UConn’s Department of Anthropology to discover the complicated circumstances that led to the sudden collapse of the Mesopotamian empires. Then, in UConn’s Archaeobotany Laboratory, learn the techniques used by archaeobotanists to uncover how plants, agriculture, and the climate shaped the histories of ancient societies. Activities will include floating seeds from the sediment of an ancient archaeological site and examining them under a microscope to discover what they tell us about ancient societies, the environment, and the everyday lives of people from Mesopotamia.
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