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VIRTUAL - New Approaches to the Archaeology of Disease: Climate, Imperialism, and Malaria in the Indian Ocean
September 21, 2022 @ 7:00 pm EDT
This is an online event.
Sponsored by: Archaeological Institute of America
Lecturer: Krish Seetah
Between 1855-59, the island of Mauritius, with a landmass of smaller than the state of Rhode Island, was producing about 10% of the world’s sugar. The transformations that this intensification in cane production created had far reaching effects. In this talk, Seetah details a series of malaria epidemics that plagued the island from the 1850s onwards. He will discuss how archaeology is contributing to a clearer understanding of the historic context, and potentially, may be useful for contemporary studies of vector borne disease.