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2019 NHMU Lecture Series

Duncan Metcalfe: Farming Among the Fremont

2019-03-13 19:00:00 2019-03-13 20:30:00 America/Denver 2019 NHMU Lecture Series Main Library

Wednesday, March 13
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Add to Calendar 2019-03-13 19:00:00 2019-03-13 20:30:00 America/Denver 2019 NHMU Lecture Series Duncan Metcalfe, Curator of Archaeology at the NHMU, will review the research being conducted to understand the farming of the so-called Fremont people, and its implication for the future. Main Library

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Duncan Metcalfe, Curator of Archaeology at the NHMU, will review the research being conducted to understand the farming of the so-called Fremont people, and its implication for the future.

The advent and spread of farming was a major milestone in the human past. Agricultural production provides the economic foundation for more than 99% of the modern world. Understanding the processes underlying the switch from hunting and gathering wild foods to farming crops highlights the challenges of farming today and in an uncertain future. The prehistoric American Southwest provides an excellent venue for such research, because a large segment of that population reverted to hunting and gathering after farming for hundreds and in some areas for thousands of years.

Metcalfe will review the ongoing archaeological, paleoenvironmental and experimental research being conducted at the Range Creek Field Station that is designed to better understand the world of the farming Fremont, and discuss its implications for the world going forward.

Bio

Duncan Metcalfe is curator of archaeology at the Natural History Museum of Utah and an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Utah. He came to Utah in 1977 to attend the summer archaeological field school (on a bit of a lark) and never left.

Since 2009, Duncan has been the Director of the Range Creek Field Station and has worked in Range Creek Canyon since 2002. He was educated at the University of Oregon and the University of Utah where he received his doctorate in 1987. His specialties include the prehistory of western North American with an emphasis on the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau, archaeological method and theory, and behavioral ecology.

This is a free lecture, but reservations are required.

Fore more information about the 2019 NHMU Lecture series, visit nhmu.utah.edu/lectureseries

AGE GROUP:   Adults  

EVENT TYPE:   Performances & Presentations   Local Issues   Cultures & Diversity  

TAGS:   utah   lecture   fremont   farming   archaeology  

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