Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

VIRTUAL - Agricultural Strategies and Environmental Change in Ancient Anatolia

February 13, 2021 @ 2:00 pm EST Mountain Time

This is an online event.

AIA Society: Denver

Lecturer: John M. Marston

Identifying how societies make decisions about agricultural practices is important for understanding why some agricultural systems flourish over hundreds or thousands of years while others lead to environmental degradation and societal collapse. Archaeological data offer a unique long-term perspective on the sustainability of agriculture and how societies adapt to complex, intertwined changes in environment and economy on both local and regional scales.

In this lecture, I present recent work from the ancient urban center of Gordion in central Anatolia (modern Turkey), where complex agricultural strategies were employed to adapt to coincident environmental and social change on both local and regional scales. By situating Gordion within its regional agricultural setting over time, I conclude that an understanding of local political economy is necessary to reconstruct agricultural decision making and helps to predict patterns of anthropogenic environmental change.

Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:

Marston, John M. 2010. Risk and agriculture in ancient Anatolia. Backdirt: Annual Review of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA 2010:14-17.

Marston, John M. 2014. Unlocking ancient environmental change with the help of living trees. Arnoldia 74(1):14-22.

Miller, Naomi F. 2000. Plants in the service of archaeological preservation. Expedition 42(1):30-36.

Braidwood Lecture

When placing events on your calendar using these buttons, please check that time zone displays correctly.


February 13, 2021
2:00 pm EST
Event Category:


Erik Demarche


In-person or Virtual Event
Text GIVE 10 to 833-965-2840 to donate!

support Us

The AIA is North America's largest and oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to archaeology. The Institute advances awareness, education, fieldwork, preservation, publication, and research of archaeological sites and cultural heritage throughout the world. Your contribution makes a difference.