Tuesday, October 18, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Geo Lecture Hall (100), 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Climate, Water, and the Evolution of Early Societies: From the Tropical Maya Lowlands to the Arid Puebloan Southwest

The Peabody Museum welcomes Vernon L. Scarborough, University of Cincinnati, who will give a talk as part of the Gordon R. Willey Lecture Series.

The earliest complex societies found in the Western Hemisphere developed under very different environmental conditions. The Maya, for instance, emerged in the tropical lowlands of the Yucatan Peninsula, a region with high seasonal rainfall and rich biodiversity. The Puebloans, in contrast, developed in the semiarid region of what is today Arizona and New Mexico, an area with limited rainfall and biodiversity. Vernon Scarborough will discuss two important archaeological sites from these different ecological and cultural zones—Tikal in Guatemala and the Chaco Canyon in New Mexico—to illustrate how the availability of water and climate influence the evolution of societies and what we can learn from these historical precedents.

Free and open to the public. Free event parking available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.

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Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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