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Internationally Renowned Bioarchaeologist To Lecture At UVU On The First Neolithic Civilization In The Ancient Near East

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October 25, 2012
For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807

Clark Larsen, the Distinguished Professor of Social & Behavioral Sciences at The Ohio State University, will present the lecture “Bioarchaeology at Çatalhöyük: Life Stresses in a Neolithic Urban Community in the Ancient Near East,” on Nov. 2 at noon in the Science Building auditorium, room 134. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Since 2002, Larsen, a noted bioarchaeologist and physical anthropologist, has collaborated with Ian Hodder from Stanford University on the study of human remains from Çatalhöyük, Turkey. Çatalhöyük was an ancient Neolithic urban community that approximately 10,000 years ago was the first in human history to establish a city, domesticate plants and animals, and create complex cultures.

“Dr. Larsen will take us on an odyssey of discovery to where it all began — Çatalhöyük — to reveal surprising transformations of humanity that shape us even today,” said Haagen Klaus, UVU assistant professor of anthropology, a protégé of Larsen’s. “Through the study of the human skeleton, Dr. Larsen reconstructs the origins of western civilization in an example of anthropological science at its best.”

Klaus, a former graduate student of Larsen at Ohio State, founded the Lambayeque Valley Biohistory Project in northwestern Peru in 2003. Since coming to UVU, Klaus has involved UVU anthropology students in the intensive, hands-on field research that is uncovering the mysteries of the ancient Sicán civilization through the study of human remains.

Larsen, also the chair of the Department of Anthropology at Ohio State, has spent a great deal of his scholarly career as director of the La Florida Bioarchaeology Project, a collaboration of U.S. and international scientists that focuses on the consequences of major adaptive shifts of the native peoples who lived along the southeastern U.S. Atlantic coast. Larsen also co-directs the History of Health in the Western Hemisphere Project and the Global History of Health Project, an international scientific effort to study human skeletal remains from Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia, and the Americas. Preliminary results on the study of 28,000 skeletons reveal significant changes in health and lifestyle over time and across cultures.

The lecture is presented by UVU’s Office of Engaged Learning, the College of Humanities & Social Sciences and the College of Science & Health.

Clark Larsen

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