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Center for Environmental Policy and Administration

Has It Always Looked Like This? Long-term Vegetation Changes in the Near East

Details

Series:Sigma-Xi Distinguished Lecture Series
Speaker:Naomi Miller, University of Pennsylvania
Location:132 Lyman Hall
Date:Tue, Nov 13, 2007
Time: 7:00 PM

Additional Information

Vegetation responds to climate and human activity. In west Asia, climate has been implicated in both agricultural origins and a late third millennium collapse of civilization. The problem for archaeologists is determining when a shift occurred and whether it was sufficient to affect (positively or negatively) the established cultural response to normal annual and interannual variability. Examples from west Asia illustrate that when climate is reconstructed from proxy data, human impact on the vegetation may swamp whatever evidence for climate change there is. This talk explains how archaeology can inform our understanding of long-term human impact on the land.

Naomi F. Miller is an archaeologist specializing in the study of plant remains from archaeological sites. She has conducted most of her field work in west and central Asia: Turkey, Iran, Syria, and Turkmenistan, but has also done stints in New Jersey, Tunisia, and elsewhere. Her main research interests are the long-term impact of human societies on the landscape and ancient economy and land use. Her current work at Gordion increasingly involves figuring out how to use living plants to help preserve the ancient ruins, improve pasture land, and incorporate environmental education into the presentation of the site and its museum. She has served as editor of the Journal of Ethnobiology and is on the editorial board of Paléorient and Expedition magazine. She has co-edited several scholarly books and produced an archaeological memoir illustrated with watercolors painted in the field (Drawing on the Past, an Archaeologist's Sketchbook)

Parking

For attendees coming from off-campus, parking is available in Booth Garage (located at Comstock and Waverly Ave) at $3.50 per car - please mention 'Sigma-Xi' when parking to obtain the event rate. Please note that the garage closes at 10:30pm. A map of Syracuse University campus is attached.

Directions to Booth Garage

North - Interstate 81 south to exit 18. Get in center lane and continue on to Adams Street. Make a left onto Adams Street and proceed to Ostrom Avenue. Make a right onto Ostrom Avenue and proceed to Waverly Avenue. Make a right onto Waverly Avenue and proceed to Comstock Avenue. Make a right onto Comstock Avenue, and make a right turn into the garage.

South - Interstate 81 north to exit 18. Merge into the right hand lane and continue on to Adams Street. Make a right onto Adams Street and proceed to Ostrom Avenue. Make a right onto Ostrom Avenue and proceed to Waverly Avenue. Make a right onto Waverly Avenue and proceed to Comstock Avenue. Make a right onto Comstock Avenue, and make a right turn into the garage.

East - Interstate 90 to exit 36 Interstate 81 South. Take Interstate 81 South to exit 18. Get in center lane and continue on to Adams Street. Make a left onto Adams Street and proceed to Ostrom Avenue. Make a right onto Ostrom Avenue and proceed to Waverly Avenue. Make a right onto Waverly Avenue and proceed to Comstock Avenue. Make a right onto Comstock Avenue, and make a right turn into the garage. From Interstate 690 west to exit 13 Townsend Street. Turn left on South Townsend Street to Adams Street. Make a left onto Adams Street, and proceed under Interstate 81 to Ostrom Avenue. Make a right onto Ostrom Avenue and proceed to Waverly Avenue. Make a right onto Waverly Avenue and proceed to Comstock Avenue. Make a right onto Comstock Avenue, and make a right turn into the garage.

West - Interstate 90 or Interstate 690 to Interstate 81 south to exit 18. Get in center lane and continue on to Adams Street. Make a left onto Adams Street and proceed to Ostrom Avenue. Make a right onto Ostrom Avenue and proceed to Waverly Avenue. Make a right onto Waverly Avenue and proceed to Comstock Avenue. Make a right onto Comstock Avenue, and make a right turn into the garage.

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Revised 11/12/2007 10:43:00