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(CANCELLED) Archaeology and Ancient Genes

EVT 638
May 6
7:30 pm
Status: No Registration Required

This talk will show how genetic evidence has been used to throw light on the earliest farming villages and on the people who lived in ancient Rome. Ian Hodder has been excavating at the 9,000-year-old site of Catalhoyuk in Turkey for twenty-five years. Recently, detailed teeth measurements and ancient DNA have been used to reveal the way this early “town” was organized socially and where the people came from. Over the past few years, Hannah Moots has been using ancient DNA data to characterize the genetic composition of Rome’s population throughout the trajectory of the empire, and to place genetic changes in the context of a rich archaeological and historical record. These two scientists will show us how new techniques for analyzing ancient genomes are transforming our understanding of the past.

Ian Hodder, Dunlevie Family Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences; Director, Stanford Archaeology Center

Ian Hodder was trained at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London and at the University of Cambridge where he received a PhD in 1975. After a brief period teaching at Leeds, he returned to Cambridge where he taught until 1999. During that time he became Professor of Archaeology and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. He is the author of several books, including The Leopard’s Tale: Revealing the Mysteries of Catalhoyuk and Entangled: An Archaeology of the Relationships Between Humans and Things.

Hannah Moots, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Stanford

Hannah Moots is researching connections between environmental change and human health. She previously was the Lead Earth Science Educator at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, where she taught and developed earth science educational programs. She received an MPhil from the University of Cambridge.
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