Zooarchaeological data — animal bones recovered from archaeological contexts — offer an essential means of learning about the lives of past peoples. This vein of archaeological inquiry contributes to a broader understanding of social history by illuminating aspects of the past economy, social organization, and political and ritual structure. This talk will focus specifically on my research reconstruct political economy from faunal assemblages using two different case studies. The first will compare subsistence strategies and commensal politics at the Late Neolithic sites of Kamiltepe in Azerbaijan and Domuztepe in Turkey. The second will discuss changing occupations and concomitant changing subsistence strategies over time at the multi-period site of Oðlanqala in Naxçivan, Azerbaijan.
Hannah Lau, University of California, Los Angeles
Date: September 25, 2013, 3 pm
Location: Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, 31, H.Javid av., Baku
Lecturer’s bio: Hannah Lau is a PhD student at University of California, Los Angeles. She has obtained her MA from UCLA's Interdepartmental Program of Archaeology and her BA from University of Pennsylvania, Department of Anthropology. Hannah Lau is an ARISC Fellow currently working with the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut's project investigating the Mil Plain in the Agcabedi Rayon, Azerbaijan, which is part of the Ancient Kura Project. Her research proposal is titled “Feasting and Emergent Political Complexity in the Late Neolithic Ancient Near East: Evidence from Kamiltepe" and funding for this fellowship was possible by a grant from US Department of Education. Her research is also supported by a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Hannah Lau has participated in various archaeological projects including the excavations at Kamiltepe (Azerbaijan), Domuztepe (Turkey), Naxchivan Archaeological Project (Azerbaijan), Laikipia Regional Survey Project (Kenya) etc.
This talk is free and open to the public and co-sponsored by the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus and Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences.
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