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Jomon Food Diversity, Climate Change and Long-term Sustainability: Lessons from Prehistoric Japan
Start Date: 1/28/2016Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 1/28/2016

Event Description
Junko Habu, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley Archaeologists have long been interested in the study of the mechanisms of long-term social change. Factors that involve specialization and centralization, such as domestication of plants, technological developments and social competitions, have been proposed as prime movers for the “development” of human societies. Contrary to these interpretations, this presentation proposes a hypothesis that diversity and decentralization may be critical for maintaining long-term sustainability of human societies in the order of hundreds to tens of thousands of years. Using a case study from the Early and Middle Jomon periods (ca. 6000-4400 cal. BP) of prehistoric Japan, this presentation emphasizes the importance of framing recent and current global environmental problems in the context of the greater human experiences.
Location Information:
*WU Campus - Law School  (View Map)
245 Winter Street SE
Salem 97301
Phone: 503-370-6380
Room: 201 -- Paulus Lecture Hall
Contact Information:
Name: L. Whitaker
Phone: 503-370-6615
Email: lwhitake@willamette.edu
Admission / Ticket Info:
This event is free and open to the public
Event Sponsor(s):
Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology
Center for Asian Studies
The Henry Luce Foundation - Sustainability and the Pacific Rim Grant

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