skip to primary navigationskip to content
 

Golson Lecture 2014

last modified Jun 13, 2014 10:53 AM
'Why Did Our Ancestors Become Farmers?' Golson Lecture

 

On May 21st, Graeme Barker, Disney Professor and Director of the McDonald Institute, delivered the Golson Lecture at the Australian National University, the title being 'Why Did Our Ancestors Become Farmers?' 

The talk explored reasons for the transition from hunting and gathering to farming, for example: Did our ancestors choose to experiment with domesticating plants and animals and, if so, why?  Were they pushed into becoming farmers by forces beyond their control like climate change or population pressure? How important were hard-to-study things like ritual, ideology and religion?  It also looked at how understanding has been transformed in recent decades by new scientific approaches, new archaeological theories and unexpected discoveries, which are relevant for the sustainability of the present-day agricultural systems on which we depend.

To view the lecture http://www.arch.cam.ac.uk/research/videos

 

 

 

 

 

Showcasing research highlights and outreach for the academic year 2015-2016

Read more

Upcoming events

Thinking About Things (TAT) Reading Group

May 01, 2017

Material Culture Laboratory, Room WB2.2, Downing Site

Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit

May 02, 2017

Seminar Room, The Mond Building, Free School Lane

African Archaeology Group

May 02, 2017

South Lecture Room, Division of Archaeology, Downing Site

Ancient Near East Seminar Series

May 02, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

BioAnth Seminar Series

May 03, 2017

BioAnth Lecture Theatre, Room 41, Division of Biological Anthropology, Pembroke Street, CB2 3QG

Cambridge Archaeology Field Group

May 03, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Aegean Archaeology Group

May 04, 2017

West Building Seminar Room, Division Room, Downing Street

Heritage Research Group

May 04, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

George Pitt-Rivers Laboratory Series

May 05, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Upcoming events

An Oral History of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research