ONLINE SPEAKER EVENT: Dr. Jennifer Farquhar on: “The Logic of Movement: The Role of Foragers in the Development of Mobile Pastoralism in Mongolia’s Desert-Steppe.”

Join SCAS for a presentation by Dr. Jennifer Farquhar on: “The Logic of Movement: The Role of Foragers in the Development of Mobile Pastoralism in Mongolia’s Desert-Steppe.”

DATE: Thursday, November 10, 2022

TIME: 7:00 – 8:00 PM (Pacific)

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Dr. Farquhar will discuss her recent research on the role of forager communities in the development of mobile pastoralism in the desert-steppe region of Mongolia, a transition that took place about 4500 years ago during a time of significant social and environmental change.  Her work centers on identifying patterns of mobility of hunters and early herders across the transition to food production to understand the forces that shape how, when, and why people move. The study provides insight to the ways people make decisions about their environment, expanding our understanding of the mechanisms that drive social change.

Dr. Farquhar studies the evolution of pastoralism in the desert-steppe region of Mongolia. Her research focuses on changing mobility patterns among foragers and early herders during the Neolithic-Bronze Age Transition to understand the development of social complexity among later nomadic pastoralists. Her research draws from on-going archaeological and geoarchaeological work carried out at the Ikh Nart Nature Reserve, where she has worked since 2013. Her recent dissertation research represents the culmination of over 30 years of academic interest and technical experience in prehistoric human-environment interactions, land-use strategies, and technology. Since 1990, she has worked as an archaeologist designing and directing studies for cultural resource management projects throughout California and the Great Basin. During her tenure in resource management, she taught classes in  lithic technology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and served on the Executive Board of the Society for California Archaeology as President (2010-2013) and Northern Vice President (2008-2010). She is an owner and Principal Archaeologist at Albion Environmental. Inc. in Santa Cruz, and serves as a researcher for NOMAD Science Mongolia, an international interdisciplinary research organization engaged in exploring Mongolia’s rich history. She holds a Anthropology  from the University of Pittsburgh (2022), a M.A. in Anthropology from California State University, Sacramento (2002), and B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Santa Cruz (1989).

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