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AGM & lecture: The First Shepherds: Neolithic Herders in the Southern Levant

Annual General Meeting from 3.30pm, lecture from 4pm

Thursday 16th June 2011

Stevenson Lecture Theatre, Clore Education Centre, The British Museum, London WC1

A lecture by Louise Martin, Institute of Archaeology, Uinversity College London and PEF 

The earliest appearance of domestic sheep and goat in the Neolithic in the southern Levant raises questions about the initial uptake of herd livestock in the area. Were animal husbandry practices adopted from elsewhere, or developed more locally? Did herding spread quickly when it arrived in the area, and what were the possible influences on that spread? This presentation assesses the zooarchaeological evidence from the Levantine early Neolithic, to examine the complex patterns of early animal husbandry. Results suggest very diverse herding strategies, indicating a degree of local experimentation with raising animals, but also that early livestock movement most likely mapped onto exchange networks, and was bound up with rules of access.

Followed by wine

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