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New Perspectives on the Ancient World Lecture Series "Regional Networks and The Origins of Cities in Ancient West Africa"

Tuesday, February 7 at 3:30pm to 5:00pm

McKenzie Hall, 375
1101 Kincaid Street, Eugene, OR

Lecture by Stephen Dueppen, Anthropology, University of Oregon

Cities emerged in the first millennium BC in the Inland Niger Delta of Mali, but the regional cultural and economic settings within which they developed are not well understood. Archaeological research in the Mouhoun Bend region of neighboring Burkina Faso spanning the first millennium BC and early first millennium AD indicates that interconnected networks of farming settlements were well-established in the greater region in the period prior to and during urban growth. This presentation will examine the social, religious, economic and political data from archaeological excavations in the Mouhoun Bend to provide new perspectives on the intercultural setting that enabled and shaped the more well-known urban societies in Mali. It suggests that understanding deeper histories throughout the region, including the development of possible marketplace nodes, provides new insights into the first millennium BC origins of urbanism.

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Lectures & Presentations, Seminar


College of Arts & Sciences, Oregon Humanities Center, Classics, History


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