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 The AIA-Orange County Society is a separate entity affiliated with the
Archaeological Institute of America.

Next AIA-Orange County Society Lecture

Sunday, October 27, 2019, 2:00-4:00 PM

Archaeology, Climate Change and Human Society, or How the Past can Help Us Understand the Present

Concordia University

Dr. Andrew Moore
Past President of the AIA
Dean Emeritus & Professor Emeritus,
Rochester Institute of Technology

Human physical and cultural evolution have taken place through an epoch of constant environmental change.  Environmental factors have, therefore, strongly influenced the development of human society.  Dr. Moore will review the cycles of long and short-term climate change that have provided the context for the emergence of humanity.  He will then focus on the inception of farming as the seminal event in the development of our modern way of life. 
He will describe his excavations at the early village of Abu Hureyra in Syria that document the adoption of farming by a community of hunter-gatherers.  The catalyst for the inception of farming there was a significant episode of climate change. 

Current research demonstrates that the subsequent rise and fall of major civilizations across the Middle East and elsewhere in the world was strongly influenced by cycles of climate change. 
Dr. Moore will argue that climate change has conditioned the world we know, and that archaeology has much to tell us about how human societies have adapted to large-scale environmental disruption across the millennia.  Global warming presents societies in the present day with existential challenges that lessons from the past can help us address.

Additional Information for Lectures at Concordia University ...

Refreshments will be served after the meeting.

Members - Free (members may also bring a guest free of charge)
Non-members - $5 suggested contribution
Students - Free

DeNault Auditorium in Grimm Hall
Concordia University
1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA

Take Jeffrey Drive south from the San Diego Freeway (I-405)
Jeffrey Drive becomes University Drive south of the 405 Freeway
Turn left at Ridgeline Dr. and go a very short block
Turn right at Concordia East
Pick up a free parking pass at the gate house.

Park in visitor parking opposite Grimm Hall (see campus map)