Systems of food and fuel production are essential cornerstones of sedentary societies and their development was essential for the success – and perhaps collapse – of ancient civilisations.
Direct archaeological investigation of farming and fuel production through the scientific analysis of plant remains has developed rapidly over the last 30 years and is now a key focus for research at UQ which has a major research project in Central Turkey looking at the long-term trajectories of social and economic change. Focusing on the research of UQ staff and students, this wide-ranging lecture will explore, among other issues, how and when farming was first introduced to the Central Anatolian Plateau and new evidence for how Hittite state organisation affected both agricultural supply and the wider landscape.
Non-members are welcome. A donation of $10 per person includes entry in the lucky door prize and afternoon tea. Afternoon tea will be held in E318, Forgan Smith Building.